“China Chip” Is Adopted for the Aerospace Command Information System in the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center

With the help of a Long March 4B carrier rocket, China successfully launched Tianhui-2 01 satellite at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) at 06:52 a.m. on April 30th. The satellite has entered its orbit as scheduled.

During this launch, an aerospace launch command system independently developed by the scientific and technical personnel of TSLC was successfully applied. The successful use of “China Chips” in the system indicated that the strategy for all hardware and software in the command information system to use Chinese components has been realized.

In the past few days, Bai Yongqiang, a senior engineer of TSLC, and his colleagues left home early and returned late every day. They spent most of their time in laboratory and even had their meals in there, as they were busily engaged in testing and demonstrating the newly developed space command information system again and again.

Bai Yongqiang, the Project Head of the Technical Department of TSLC, said, “Though this system has been put into use successfully, I still need to pay close attention to any parts of it requiring further improvement. After all, it is the first application system in aerospace which is completely developed by our Chinese with all its software and hardware being independently controlled. The successful adoption of ‘China Chip’ in the aerospace command information system is of great significance.”

The successful adoption of “China Chip” in aerospace command information system indicates the independent development and manufacturing of related core technologies, key components, and all kinds of software and hardware as well as the end of reliance on foreign countries for such items.

Chen Yong, a senior engineer of the Technical Department of TSLC, said, “Since the standards for aerospace launch are extremely high in terms of professionalism and safety, we have to rely on foreign countries for the use of related original components of operation systems. Additionally, the production and maintenance cycles for imported components are quite long, and there are tremendous safety risks. Currently, we have designed our own systems, and has thus become independent for the use of original components. Now, we are more confidence to complete the tasks entrusted on us.”

It was reported that this application system based on domestic chips cannot only be controlled independently by our Chinese, but has also gained major breakthroughs and advancement in various functions.

Yang Jiuwen, a senior engineer of the Technical Department of TSLC said, “The breakthrough we have achieved is mainly on software. Currently, we have integrated operation data and information of various major systems in the Center to realize information collection and sharing. Meanwhile, we’re able to identify and recommend required information such as comprehensive trends of tasks, disposal plans and suggestions, etc. to various researchers engaged according to task schedules and their roles in the task, thus greatly improving the intelligent level of command decisions.”