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Chinese PNT Satellites (BeiDou)

Year: 2015
Country: China
In 2014, China had paused in its BeiDou PNT satellite launch activities with its BeiDou satellites making up ##% of the global PNT satellite fleets. There were ## BeiDou satellites orbiting the Earth in medium or inclined geosynchronous Earth orbits providing regional PNT service to China during...
Year: 2014
Country: China, Russia
China was uncharacteristically inactive in terms of PNT satellite launches during 2013 and 2014. A new navigation test satellite the Chinese were expected to launch for phase 3 of the BeiDou2 constellation in 2014 was delayed to 2015. ## BeiDou2 satellites are already in medium Earth orbit, ## are...
Year: 2013
In 2011, China became the third nation to declare a PNT system operational, with the announcement that its BeiDou system was able to provide location data and SMS messaging for users within China. In late 2012, The China Satellite Navigation Office published the complete interface control document...
Year: 2012
Since 2000, China has been building its own PNT system, known as BeiDou. In December 2011, the Chinese government announced that its initial services—location data and SMS messaging—commenced for users within China. The two-way nature of this system allows the Chinese government to track the...
Year: 2011
Country: Australia, China, Russia
Since 2000, China has also been building its own national PNT system, known as Beidou (the Mandarin name for the constellation otherwise known as the Big Dipper). China launched ## satellites in 2011 to join the ## currently in orbit. These satellites will later become part of a global...
Year: 2010
Country: China
Since 2000, China has been building a PNT system called Compass (BeiDou, in Chinese). China launched ## satellites in 2010 as part of Compass, which is planned to consist of ## MEO satellites for global coverage augmented regionally by ## GEO satellites. The regional system is expected to become...
Year: 2009
Country: China
In April 2009, China launched BeiDou-2, the second GEO satellite of its planned Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS). The system will consist of ## MEO satellites for global coverage and ## GEO satellites which will focus on regional coverage over China. China plans to achieve a fully...
Year: 2008
Country: China
China is planning to supplement its Compass Satellite network already in development. In April 2007, China launched BeiDou-2, the first MEO satellite for Compass. Plans have been announced for the launch of ## PNT satellites over the next two years. This network, limited to the Asia Pacific region...

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