China to set up global satellite navigation system within 10 years

17:12, November 16, 2010      

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The sixth Compass navigation system satellite is launched on Nov. 1 at western China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center. (Photo by Wang Yulei/Xinhua)

After the successful launch of six navigation satellites, China is setting up the second generation of the Compass (Bei Dou) satellite navigation system to cover the Asia-Pacific region in 2012 and to establish a satellite navigation and positioning system with global coverage by 2020, a senior official said on Nov. 15.

Liu Lihua, a high-ranking official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that the Compass satellite navigation system is a space-based radio navigation and time-transfer system to provide all-weather, all-time and highly-accurate location, velocity and time navigation information services for all types of users at the Earth's surface and near-Earth space.

It is significant national space infrastructure with a high value, the official said.

By Li Mu, People's Daily Online


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