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BeiDo – China targeting navigation system’s global coverage by 2020

China’s homegrown navigation system BeiDou is expected to achieve full-scale global coverage by around 2020, a leading scientist told Xinhua on Sunday.

The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will then be able to provide highly accurate and reliable positioning, navigation and timing service with the aid of a constellation of 35 satellites, said Ye Peijian, chief commander of Chang’e-3, China’s lunar probe mission.

“So far, China has successfully launched 16 navigation satellites and four other experimental ones for BDS,” Ye said.

China started to build up its own space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing system in 2000 by launching the first satellite for an experimental version of the BeiDou. BeiDou has since started providing licensed services for China’s government and military users in transport, weather forecasts, fishing, forestry, telecommunications, hydrological monitoring and mapping. However, it is estimated that more than 95 percent of navigation terminals sold in China are GPS terminals. To compete with foreign rivals, the BeiDou terminal can communicate with the ground station by sending and receiving short messages, 120 Chinese characters in each, in addition to the navigation and timing functions that the world’s other major navigation systems can provide. BeiDou aims to take 70 to 80 percent of the now GPS-dominated domestic market by 2020, a spokesman for the system said in December.

“We hope that the industries based on BDS will hold 15 to 20 percent of the market share by 2015,” said BDS spokesman Ran Chengqi, who is also director of the China Satellite Navigation Office.




European Navigation Conference – Expanding our Horizons: ENC 2013 – Call for papers

The European Navigation Conference (ENC 2013) will take place from 23 – 25 April 2013 in Vienna, Austria. The event will be hosted by the Austrian Institute of Navigation (OVN). The ENC is one of the most prestigious international conferences in the field of navigation and its applications. The event annually attracts researchers, manufacturers, users, service providers and decision-makers from around the world. Due to the diversity of topics more than 600 experts are expected.

A session next year will be held on “Integrated Applications”. Your contributions on this or other topics would be very much appreciated.

The Call for Papers is open until 17 December 2012.

Please find further information below and on the website of the conference:



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