Satellite additions to benefit Belt, Road countries
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.