China, Europe Still at Odds Over Navigation Spectrum
China and Europe remain at an impasse on the overlap of signals of their two navigation projects, with both sides saying they cannot easily move their planned encrypted government-only services to another spot on the already crowded section of radio spectrum reserved for satellite navigation, government officials said at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, held March 1-3 in Munich.
Meanwhile, China continues to deploy its Beidou-Compass constellation, which ultimately is scheduled to include 35 satellites — five in geostationary orbit, three in inclined-geostationary orbit and 27 in medium Earth orbit.
In a presentation delivered to the Munich conference March 2, Chen Gucang, senior engineer at the China Satellite Navigation Office, said five geostationary satellites, five medium Earth spacecraft and four inclined-geostationary satellites have been placed into orbit.
In 2011, he said, four more satellites will be launched. When operational, this 19-satellite system will offer a rudimentary navigation service for the Asia-Pacific region. “System construction is advancing smoothly,” Chen said, adding that Beidou-Compass has been identified by the Chinese government as a strategic industrial priority as part of China’s focus on information technologies.