China’s first fully owned overseas satellite ground station is in Sweden, about 200km north of the Arctic Circle. Photo: Handout.

China launches its first fully owned overseas satellite ground station near North Pole

Space experts hail Swedish facility – allowing global data to be collected more than twice as fast as before – as technological and political triumph

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China’s first fully owned overseas satellite ground station is in Sweden, about 200km north of the Arctic Circle. Photo: Handout.
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.