Satellite footprints

Tianqi LEO satellite constellation

Operator:Guodian Gaoke
Launch operators:CGWIC
 Galactic Energy
Launch vehicles:Ceres 1
 Long March 2C
Launch date:
Expected lifetime:10 Years

The Tianqi LEO satellite constellation is being built and operated by LEO satellite operator Guodian Gaoke (Guodian Gaokeji), a Chinese private commercial space company and leading provider of domestic satellite IoT. The company is building a Low Earth Orbit IoT narrowband constellation, Tianqi, composed of 38 LEO satellites, which aims at enhancing connectivity and efficiency through smart, connected devices.

Guodian Gaoke is based in Bejing and currently has 16 satellites in orbit and completed the first phase of the constellation deployment in July 2021. The satellites enable a fly-over every 1.5 hours and consequently an update of a given sensor’s status. This frequency is deemed sufficient for most applications of industry verticals targeted by the Chinese company.

In October 2018 Guodian Gaoke launched its first satellite, Tianqi-01, as a co-passenger to the Chinese-French Oceanography Satellite, CFOSAT, on a CZ-2C rocket operated by CGWIC from China.

On December 21st, 2020 the company launched Guodian Gaoke’s Tianqi-08 (Xingzuo-08) Nano-satellite, as part of a commercial Rideshare payload of five satellites, into orbit on CGWIC’s Long March 8 first mission, debuting an expendable booster intended to eventually be outfitted for recovery and reuse. The Long March 8 rocket took off from the Wenchang satellite launch center on Hainan Island, China’s newest spaceport.

On April 27th, 2021 launch provider CGWIC orbited nine Nano-satellites for Guardian Gaoke with a Long March 6 rocket on a rideshare mission.

On February 26th, 2022 a Long March 8 launcher, operated by CGWIC, orbited the Tianqi-19 Nano-satellite. The spacecraft was manufactured by Shandong Institute of Aerospace Electronics Technology for Guodian Gaoke and its Tianqi low-Earth orbit narrow-band Internet of Things constellation.

On December 9th, 2022 the company launched its Tanqi-7 Nano-satellite using the Jielong-3 rocket that made its maiden flight launching from a floating platform from the Yellow Sea. Jielong-03 or Smart Dragon-3 or SD-3, is operated by China Rocket, a spinoff of state-owned CALT.


Satellite Launch Date Launcher Launch Provider
Tanqi-01 Oct 29th, 2018 CZ-2C CGWIC, China
Tanqi-02 Aug 17th, 2019 Jielong-1  CASC, China
Tanqi-03 June 5th, 2019 CZ-11H  CGWIC, China
Tanqi-4A Dec 7th, 2019 Kuaizhou-1 CASIC, China
Tanqi-4B Dec 7th, 2019 Kuaizhou-1 CASIC, China
Tanqi-05 Jan 15th, 2020 CZ-2D CGWIC, China
Tanqi-06 Oct 26th, 2020 CZ-2C  CGWIC, China
Tanqi-07 Dec 9th, 2022 Jielong-3 China Rocket, China
Tanqi-08 Dec 21st, 2020 LM-8  CGWIC, China
Tanqi-09 Apr 27th, 2021  CZ-6 CGWIC, China
Tanqi-10 July 25th, 2020 CZ-4B CGWIC, China
Tanqi-11 Nov 7th, 2020  Ceres 1 Galactic Energy, China
Tanqi-12 May 6th, 2021 CZ-2C CGWIC, China
Tanqi-14 June 18th, 2021 CZ-2C CGWIC, China
Tanqi-15 July 19th, 2021 CZ-2C CGWIC, China
Tanqi-19 Feb 26th, 2022 LM-8 CGWIC, China

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