On October 15, China successfully launched a pair of twin BeiDou-3 medium earth orbit (MEO) navigation and positioning satellites from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. According to the official statement of state-run Xinhua press agency, newly launched satellites completed the mission within four hours and will be working with the fourteenth previously launched BeiDou-3 satellites. These satellites will be marked as of country’s 39th and 40th of the BeiDou navigation system, followed by the launch of the first in 2000 and 15th and 16th of the BeiDou-3 satellites.
The BeiDou navigation satellite system (BDS) will be responsible for providing high-accuracy positioning, navigation and timing services irrespective of weather conditions. It will also take into account the Country’s national security, economic and social development needs
The BDS system has already been serving to the marine fishery, hydrological monitoring, weather forecasting, surveying, mapping and geographic information, forest fire prevention, time synchronization for communication systems, power dispatching, disaster mitigation and relief, emergency search and rescue, and other fields.
According to one estimate, the BDS system is currently connected to 300 million mobile phones in China, which is 40% of the country’s smartphones. The BDS system is a part of the fleet in increasing the system to global navigation coverage.
According to NasaSpaceFlight, The BeiDou-3 satellites are bus-based satellite featuring a phased array antenna for navigation signals and a laser retroreflector. BDS will be encountering Russia’s Glonass, Europe’s Galileo GNSS constellations and US’ GPS.
Eagle-i is proud to announce the capability of its system which can be connected to China’s BeiDou, Russia’s Glonass, Europe’s Galileo GNSS constellations and US’ GPS for navigation purposes.