China Plans Another Eight Compass/BeiDou Lanches by End of 2012

Ran Chengqi

According to a May 19 People’s Daily report, China will launch another eight Beidou navigation satellites before the end of next year.

Speaking at the second Chinese Satellite Navigation Academic Annual Meeting in Shanghai on May 18, Ran Chengqi, the director of the Chinese Satellite Navigation Administrative Office, said the overall testing of the Compass/BeiDou satellite navigation system will be finished on Oct. 10, 2011.


According to a May 19 People’s Daily report, China will launch another eight Beidou navigation satellites before the end of next year.

Speaking at the second Chinese Satellite Navigation Academic Annual Meeting in Shanghai on May 18, Ran Chengqi, the director of the Chinese Satellite Navigation Administrative Office, said the overall testing of the Compass/BeiDou satellite navigation system will be finished on Oct. 10, 2011.

According to Ran, a 16-satellite–based China GNSS system covering the Asian-Pacific region will be established. In addition to the eight satellites that have already been launched, China will launch another eight compass navigation satellites before the end of 2012.