In short, you have get the essence of the article "intelligent flight control".Peacock experimental reusable rocket. It was apparently involved in testing new intelligent flight control software. Because my technical Chinese in this area is deficient, I'm not able to competently translate the text below. Our Chinese-speaking members, please help with a translation.
The key point here is "non-programmed guidance and control". The Chinese words is "非程序制导控制". I could only find one doctoral dissertation that used 非程序制导控制 which is translated to "non-programmed guidance and control" in its English summary. The dissertation is about "guidance of boost and glide missile guidance".12th institute of 1st academy has completed a flight demonstration proof of concept "non-programmed guidance and control". The demonstration flight has verified series key technologies:
The demonstration uses self-developed (of course) reusable platform "peacock". This demonstration is the 1st item of "group breakthroughs" by 12th institute in 2020. It has improved the maturity of "non-programmed guidance control" in both theory and methodology. It serves as a important support (milestone, foundation) for fully realization of "Aerospace Intelligent Control 1.0".
- force-load and flexible mode identification based on distributed sensors
- SW and HW coordinated accelerated multi-core parallel real-time route planning
- real-time identification of stability margin of position (orientation) control
- adaptive control
Things like Starlink constellations in LEO and whatnot truly are a backup military constellation and the associated launch capabilities that make a fast and numerous constellation possible. China sort of doesn't quite need such a thing as the US does. Why? Because China's military posture is very defensive and regional where they already have numerous types of very fast and extremely high altitude reconnaissance and communications drones that probably can perform many other duties tasked by satellites. Regional advantage means easier to deploy and continue deploying these drones as opposed to sending them and somehow fueling them halfway around the world like the US would need to do if their mainstay satellites are disabled. Regional wars also mean you don't quite have as much comprehensive need for these sorts of satellites for targeting, comms, and navigation.
But the important thing is the Starlink style projects are built on very impressive LEO launch technologies that are cheap, numerous, and effective. So China needs to also develop similar capabilities and accessibility which will be done but it's just yet another thing to give attention to.China already does more satellite launches than either the US or Russia. Their satellite networks are mostly global but they will tend to go global in due time much like what happened with Beidou. This without the new generation rockets being in full production even. Once they enter full production I expect China to increase its global coverage more.
PS: Do the Chinese have electric propulsion technology for satellites? That is one of the main technologies behind Starlink.
Yes, China has it for years, as early as 2014 on DFH-3B platform. The recent CZ-5 launch in 2019 was DFH-5 platform which also uses electric propulsion. If an earlier CZ-5 launch did not fail, DFH-5 would have been in orbit in 2017.PS: Do the Chinese have electric propulsion technology for satellites? That is one of the main technologies behind Starlink.