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China Satellite Launch and Tracking General [CLTC]

China Satellite Launch & Tracking Control General (CLTC) is an organisation under the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence [COSTIND]. It provides commercial satellite launch and tracking control services. Its scope of business includes launch and tracking control of satellites for foreign countries; design and manufacture of satellite tracking, control, monitoring and display equipment; launch site construction; and sales of aerospace products and communication equipment.

Backed by a team of engineers and technical personnel, it has successfully launched over 40 satellites of different design for China and other countries. CLTC started providing launch service for commercial satellites in 1986 and has established itself in the aerospace industry. Currently, it has more than 10 launch service contracts signed with various foreign companies.

The CLTC tracking network was created in 1966 by Department 701 with the participation of the Southwest Institute of Electronics Technology (SWIET) of the Ministry of Electronics Industry [China Electronics Corporation].

Subordinate Entities

CLTC runs three satellite launch centers located in Jiuquan, Xichang, and Taiyuan, a satellite control center located in Xian and a global TT&C network. In addition, it operates two research institutes: Luoyang Institute of Tracking and Telecommunications Technology and Beijing Special Engineering & Design Institute. The workforce of CLTC is approximately 20,000, of whom some 5,000 are engineers and senior engineers.

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