Satellite Navigation Systems

Thailand is Beidou navigation network's first overseas client

A Long March 3C rocket carries a satellite into space. Photo: Xinhua

A 2 billion yuan (HK$2.48 billion) agreement to promote the use of Beidou in Thailand's public sector, including disaster relief, power distribution and transport, was signed by the two countries in Bangkok last week, China National Radio reported.

Thursday, 4 April, 2013, 5:36am

China launches two satellites on one rocket

China launched two satellites into space yesterday, the latest additions to its burgeoning Beidou global navigation and positioning network.

It was the first time the nation successfully launched two navigation satellites on one rocket into a medium-high earth orbit of about 20,000 kilometres - a difficult feat.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Succession in the air on prince's birthday

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Space mission can bring nations closer

While the West wrestles with post-financial crisis debt and deficit budgeting, China has issued a white paper outlining its ambitions in the most money-hungry of human enterprises - space exploration.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

China's eyes in the sky need watching

Being able to pinpoint the location of an object on the earth's surface is one of the most powerful technologies a government can have. China's announcement that its Beidou satellite navigational system has become operational symbolically moves the nation forward on the world stage.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

China move could call time on GMT

The hour has come. China has decided to call a truce with the United States in the fight for time.

Next month, a Chinese government delegation heads to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva to cast its vote and its influence in the 193-member organisation - on a US proposal to amend the global standard of timekeeping.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

China's eyes in the sky 'go public'

China opened its home-grown satellite navigation system to civilian use yesterday, presenting the United States with a challenge to its global dominance in the field.

Though still incomplete, the Beidou system had already proven its worth in boosting China's military, technological and economic muscle, the central government said.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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US aircraft carrier group visits city

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

China launches GPS satellite No 8

China will launch an eighth navigation satellite to perfect its Beidou-2, or Compass, satellite navigation and positioning network within days, the Ministry of National Defence said on its website. It said the satellite would be sent into orbit by a Long March 3C rocket at Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The challenge facing China's satellite system

As China modernises its military, other major powers call on Beijing to be more transparent about its intentions. There is nothing opaque, however, about the accelerated programme of space satellite launchings for the Beidou-2 navigation system or the intention behind it.

8 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

China satellite launch counters US dominance

China launched the sixth satellite of its Beidou-2 programme yesterday, part of an accelerated challenge to US supremacy in providing global positioning services.

It was the fourth satellite added to the system this year - the previous two took three years - with eight more expected to go into orbit next year.

2 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

CityU gets 5m yuan grant for China GPS project

City University has secured a 5 million yuan (HK$5.71 million) grant to develop a compact antenna for China's new satellite global positioning system.

CityU is the first Hong Kong university to receive funding from the Beijing-based National Astronomical Observatory (NAO) to participate in the research and development of the Chinese Area Positioning System (CAPS).

11 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Government should put GPS systems in all Hong Kong taxis

I have been living in Hong Kong for 11 years and I have found that you are lucky to get a taxi driver who is more than 10 per cent competent in English.

It is amazing how taxi drivers insist on correct Cantonese pronunciation before they will understand your address instructions. Then you have to make the correct pronunciation five times.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

'Unforgettable humiliation' led to development of GPS equivalent

An 'unforgettable humiliation' the People's Liberation Army suffered during the Taiwan Strait missile crisis in 1996 prompted the mainland to build its own global navigation and positioning satellite system, a retired senior military official has disclosed.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Size Matters

Panic buttons coupled with global positioning satellite (GPS) transmitters seem to be among the most popular small and concealable contemporary protection devices that tycoons are availing themselves of, says former Navy Seal and Manila-based security professional Benjamin Lichtenberg.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am