China to launch more Beidou satellites in near future

13:50, June 20, 2011      

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In 2011, China will launch three to four Beidou satellites to provide passive location, navigation, time and short message services for China and most of the surrounding regions, said an official in charge of the country's satellite navigation system.

Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation System management office, said at the second China Satellite Navigation Conference that China has so far launched eight Beidou navigation satellites. With the exception of some used for system validation and signal testing, a basic navigation system of "3+3" has been built.

Currently, the equipment development, installation and adjustment for the ground part of the system have been completed, and the ground part is functioning well.

In 2012, five to six Beidou navigation satellites will be launched to join the network, which will be able to provide passive location, navigation, time and location reporting services at that time.

Ran noted that the Beidou navigation system will be built following the plan and provide free services worldwide with high quality and high reliability. The performance of the system will be constantly updated.

For the industrialization of Beidou application, the public services interface control documents will be released. Ran also said that the technology development for some basic products, including core chips, will be enhanced.

"Industrial and regional demonstration programs for the Beidou navigation system will be accelerated, and a location services industry with Beidou in its core position will be promoted," Ran said.

As for international cooperation, Ran said that China will actively take part in the monitoring and research of the capacity of the global satellite navigation system and promote the compatibility between Beidou and other satellite positioning systems in order to gradually bring it in line with international civil aviation and navigation standards.

By Qi Shuwen, People's Daily Online
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