Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific: Successful first training

Participants of the first training programme of the UN affiliated Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (RCSSTEAP)

From 20 to 29 April 2015, the UN affiliated Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (RCSSTEAP), based in Beihang University, Bejijng, organized the ten-day course "Satellite Navigation Technology and Applications". A total of 30 participants from 11 countries participated in the training programme. The aim of the training was to support early career researchers and professionals working on the topics of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and BeiDou technologies.


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Mon, 04/05/2015 - 14:14

China: Beidou to expand coverage by 2020

Beidou's coverage now, by 2020 it will expand to worldwide coverage (Image: NASA)

The Beidou satellite navigation system will be fully operational worldwide by 2020, said Li Jian, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The system has been successfully tested in the general aviation sector, which includes all civil aviation operations other than scheduled air services, as well as by general aircraft including helicopters and private jets.


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Wed, 29/04/2015 - 11:07

55 years of satellite navigation

Launch of satellite Transit 1B, April 13 1960 (Image: US Navy)

13 April 2015 was the 55th anniversary of the first navigation system reaching the orbit. The Transit 1B satellite was launched by NASA on 13 April 1960.

This satellite was designed to provide positioning for the US Navy’s fleet of Polaris ballistic missile submarines, a task it performed for over 30 years, as Money Week informs.


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Tue, 14/04/2015 - 14:46

Beidou: Chinese satnav system sees increased civilian use

In the future, the satnav system Beidou could take an even bigger role

The Chinese satellite navigation system Beidou is increasingly used for civilian purposes, as the news agency Xinhua reports, according to Chinese authorities.


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Wed, 01/10/2014 - 12:32

Russia to cooperate with China on satellite navigation

Russia and China plan to cooperate on satellite navigation stations

The Deputy Chief of the Russian Space agency ROSCOSMOS announced that Russia plans to sign an agreement with China this year on the issue of installing GLONASS and Beidou stations in China and Russia, respectively. GLONASS is the Russian satellite navigation system, Beidou is the Chinese navigation system.


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Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:43

Beidou: Thailand becomes first overseas client

Launch of the 14th and 15th BeiDou navigation satellites.

Thailand has become the first overseas user of the Chinese satellite navigation system Beidou - the Chinese version of the American GPS. China National Radio said a 2 billion yuan (9.5 billion baht) agreement to promote the use of Beidou in Thailand's public sector was signed in Bangkok last week, as the South China Morning Post reported. The system will be used in disaster relief, power distribution and transport, among other areas.

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Fri, 05/04/2013 - 09:56

BeiDou Navigation Satellite System: Ground system improves precision

A ground system aimed at enhancing the navigation precision of the Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was approved in central China's Hubei Province on 22 March 2013, as the website CCTV reported. The BeiDou Ground Base Enhancement System (BGBES), a network consisting of 30 ground base stations, an operating system and a precision positioning system, was approved by the evaluation committee

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Tue, 26/03/2013 - 10:39

UN-SPIDER Updates January 2013

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Mon, 04/02/2013

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Beidou: China opens Navigation System for Civilian Use

China recently opened Beidou (its version of GPS or “Global Positioning System”) to civilian use and expects to grab a major share of the satellite navigation market from the original U.S GPS system by the end of the decade, as the website Strategypage reported. Currently China has 14 of 35 Beidou ("Compass") navigation satellites in service. This is sufficient to provide GPS type service for all of China. By the end of the decade all 35 satellites will be up and the entire planet will have access to Beidou.

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Thu, 17/01/2013 - 09:44

China SatNav Conference calls for papers

The fourth China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC 2013) has launched a call for papers to be presented at the conference taking place on May 15–17, 2013 in Wuhan, China. The theme of CSNC 2013 is: "BeiDou Application - Opportunities and Challenges". It will incorporate a wide range of activities, such as academic exchange, high-end forum, exhibition as well as science popularization. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 October 2012, the full papers are due on 20 December 2012.

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Fri, 14/09/2012 - 08:00


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