22 January 2009

Compass System should be available by 2015

China continues the development of its GNSS, named Compass. GPS World says that China will send into the space 10 navigation satellites in 2009 and even in 2010. The whole system should be ready by 2015, with at least 30 satellites on-line and worldwide coverage.

In 2000, China started to build a regional system, Beidou. Today it has 4 geostationary satellites providing a navigation service on China's territory. Compass is the evolution of this system, but it is based on MEO satellites. The first Compass satellite was launched in 2007.