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China to implement Satellite Navigation System to track flights

China recently announced that it will soon start using its homegrown Beidou navigation system (BDS) to track flights of civilian aircraft in a bid to avert air disasters such as that of Malaysian MH 370. According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), a test on general aviation will be conducted first by the […]




China recently announced that it will soon start using its homegrown Beidou navigation system (BDS) to track flights of civilian aircraft in a bid to avert air disasters such as that of Malaysian MH 370.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), a test on general aviation will be conducted first by the BDS before it will be used to monitor passenger or cargo flights.

The BDS, which provides navigation, positioning and short message services, is capable of tracing aircrafts and aid search and rescue operations.

“We will first collect data and gather experience in general aviation and then gradually apply the BDS to transport aviation,” Wu Chengchang, safety chief of the CAAC, told Xinhua at a recent seminar on BDS application in civil aviation.

China launched the first BDS satellite in 2000 as an alternative to foreign navigation systems, with the country aiming to launch a total of 35 space orbiters to cover the global network by 2020.

Currently, the BDS services cover the Asia Pacific, but will be expanded to include worldwide coverage after its completion.

The Chinese government is making full use of the services of the BDS, as it announced in June that it will use the satellite navigation system in other industries such as monitoring for leaks in gas pipelines.

Source: Yibada


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