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October 22, 2009

China Will Release Draft Compass/Beidou-2 ICD on ‘Step-by-Step’ Basis

Chinese- and English-language versions of a draft Interface Control Document (ICD) for China’s Compass open service signals have been written and will probably be released within a year, a speaker at the Stanford PNT Symposium said in an October 22 presentation.

October 5, 2009

China's Regional Compass System: 12 Satellites in 2012 — ICD Next Year?

A draft interface control document for China's Compass (Beidou-2) GNSS system may be available by next year, according to remarks made at a September 30 presentation at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) by Jingnan Liu, principal scientist at the National GNSS Research Center of Wuhan University.

August 10, 2009

China Reveals Updated Compass/ Beidou-2 GNSS Signal Plan

A new Compass signal and frequency plan introduced at a recent International Committee on GNSS (ICG) working group meeting fills in some of the gaps on China’s current thinking about its GNSS system.

The presentation on the new Compass (Beidou-2) plan came at a July
30–31 workshop of the ICG Working Group A – Compatibility and
Interoperability (WG-A), in Vienna.

May 19, 2009

Trimble Partners with China Enterprise in Compass-Focused JV


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and the China Aerospace Science & Industry Academy of Information Technology (CASIC-IT) have announced plans to form a 50/50 joint venture in China to develop manufacture, and distribute Compass GNSS receivers and systems in China.

April 18, 2009

China Launches Second Compass (Beidou-2) Satellite in $1.46 Billion First Phase

Launch of a second modernized Compass (Beidou 2) satellite on April 14 — this one a geostationary spacecraft — marks the return of China to its GNSS launch program two years after the initial venture into space.

Designated Compass G2 — reflecting the geostationary nature of its intended orbital position about 22,300 miles above the equator, the satellite lifted off at 16:16 UTC aboard a Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang launch base in southwestern China's Sichuan province, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua.

Ventures • April 13, 2009

China Taps Trimble, Topcon for CORS Network Receivers

The China Earthquake Administration (CEA) of the People’s Republic of China has selected Trimble and Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) to provide GNSS receivers for a new network set up to monitor crustal deformation and to predict earthquakes.

Inside GNSS • March/April 2009

What Race? What Competition? The Four GNSS Systems

Munich’s high-level satnav summit the first week in March opened with a plenary titled, “The Worldwide Race in GNSS” and closed with a panel, “The Competition among the Big Four.”

Despite the provocative session titles, few speakers were willing to admit that either a race or a competition was under way in the GNSS world.

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