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BeiDou (COMPASS), China’s GPS, to service Asia by 2012 and the world by 2020

June 3rd, 2010 2 comments

BeiDou (COMPASS) Satellite #4 Launched June 3, 2010 Beijing Time

BeiDou (COMPASS) Satellite #4 Launched June 3, 2010 Beijing Time

China has just successfully placed into orbit her fourth satellite, which over the next ten years would complete a constellation of 35, to offer navigation and communications services to the world. By 2012, the BeiDou (COMPASS), in Chinese, 北斗卫星导航系统, system becomes operational for the Asia region. By 2020, it will service the entire globe. China joins the U.S. (GPS) and Russia (GLONASS) as the third country to have developed such a system. Like the GPS, COMPASS will have dual military and civil use where the military will have access to higher precision signals.

According to this Xinhua article, COMPASS’s “open” service, which is free of charge to global users, will have positioning accuracy of 10 meters.
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