China is planning to expand its homegrown Beidou navigation system by 2020 and make it accurate to within centimeters. Up until now the Chinese system has 16 satellites and it is expected to grow to 30 by 2020.
Currently the system reaches an error margin as low as 5 meters. With the improvements China hopes to be able to compete with the US GPS. The system serves the Asia-Pacific region a year now and hopes to expand coverage to other Asian countries.
A group of students from the National Central University Advanced Rocket Research in Taiwan (Province of China) successfully built and launched with an APPL-7II rocket their own satellite, as SatNews reported.
From 27-31 October 2013, the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office organized a capacity building programme in Beijing, China to strengthen the capacity of the countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 26 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam participated in the training.
From 21 to 22 October 2013, the UN-SPIDER Beijing office will organize an interactive training session in Beijing, China to strengthen the capacity of the National
From 21 to 22 October 2013, the UN-SPIDER Beijing office organized an interactive training session in Beijing, China to strengthen the capacity of the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC)
China: Interactive training for disaster risk reduction
On 16 August 2013, the China Meteorological Administration requested to activate the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters, after rain-triggered flooding had destroyed many roads and power facilities, affecting more than 2 million people in the provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
The director of the Bolivian Space Agency, Ivan Zambrana, has confirmed that the Chinese-funded communications satellite Tupac Katari will be launched into space on 20 December 2013. Satellite Tupac Katari will reduce the cost of telecommunications not only in Bolivia but additionally in other Latin American countries that will have access to it. Mr.