Satel­lite ad­di­tions to ben­e­fit Belt, Road coun­tries

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO LEI in Chang­sha zhaolei@chi­

China will launch about 30 satel­lites by the end of 2020 for its Bei­dou Navigation Satel­lite Sys­tem and will build a net­work of ground aug­men­ta­tion sta­tions to im­prove its cov­er­age and ac­cu­racy, said a se­nior project of­fi­cial.

Ran Chengqi, di­rec­tor of the China Satel­lite Navigation Of­fice, said that when those satel­lites are put into ser­vice, Bei­dou will have global cov­er­age.

Bei­dou is the fourth such sys­tem, fol­low­ing the United States’ GPS, Rus­sia’s GLONASS and Euro­pean Union’s Galileo.

“About 18 of those satel­lites will be launched be­fore 2018 to en­able the sys­tem to cover na­tions in­volved in the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive,” Ran said on the side­lines of the Seventh China Satel­lite Navigation Con­fer­ence, which opened in Chang­sha on Wed­nes­day.

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