Beijing: China has a satellite navigation system that could become a big global name. Beidou Navigation Satellite System has just been granted approval by the International Maritime Organization to use its systems at sea.
The system has been formally included in the Worldwide Radionavigation System.
Beijing is aiming to establish Beidou as a global system with 35 satellites by 2020.
Sun Jiadong, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and chief designer of the system, said, “Five experimental satellites will be deployed before 2015 to help establish global coverage to provide better services.” [01/12/14]