According to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, on November 29, Wang Li, chairman of China Satellite Navigation Commission, and Assistant Secretary of State Jonathan Margolis of the U.S. State Department held a satellite navigation meeting in Beijing.
At the same time, Ran Chengqi, director of China’s satellite navigation system management office, signed a joint statement with Beitou and GPS signals for compatibility and interoperability with Dave Turner, deputy director of the Space and Advanced Technology Office of the U.S. State Department, RF compatibility within the ITU framework to enable civilian signal interoperability and ongoing compliance and interoperability cooperation.
Sino-U.S. Satellite navigation cooperation has broad prospects. To strengthen the cooperation between BeiDou and GPS systems will lead to innovation and development in many fields and bring better services to users all over the world.
Beidou satellite navigation system is a self-developed global satellite navigation system made up of 5 geostationary orbiting satellites and 30 non-geostationary satellites, integrating intelligent technologies such as sensing, automation, location tracking and data processing. This “national heavy equipment” is a major information infrastructure that relates to national security and is a core engine for promoting the upgrading of China’s information industry.
On November 5, China launched the first double star of Beidou 3, opening a new era of global networking for Beidou. The Beidou “three-step” development strategy has entered the “final step” and all are completed around 2020.
Beidou, as the only navigation system in the world composed of three types of orbiting satellites, will provide more functions such as search and rescue, global location reporting and satellite base enhancements in addition to its basic functions of navigation, positioning and timing.
Since October 2000, China has launched 25 Beidou satelites up to date, enabling Beidou’s global navigation capabilities.