The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed the Long March 3B launch vehicle had successfully placed the Beidou-3 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit shortly after. The satellite was later reported catalogued in a 218 x 35,784-kilometer orbit.
Moovit’s free mobile navigation app provides transit information to more than 750 million users in 100 countries.
China will finish the construction of the BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System (BDS-3), with another two geostationary orbit satellites to be launched before June 2020, said BDS Spokesperson Ran Chengqi on Friday.
Last year, the UK announced that it would explore the possibility of developing its own satellite navigation system after being shut out of the Galileo program due to Brexit. British companies built a number of components for the system, with one of the project’s two security monitoring centres once based in Swanwick, UK before being relocated to Spain. The UK expressed concerns over losing access to the system, which is used by government agencies and the British armed forces.
Das Ministerium für Ozeane und Fischerei teilte mit, dass ein internationales Konsortium für eine maritime Konnektivitätsplattform (Martime Connectivity Platform: MCP) am Freitag in Kopenhagen ins Leben gerufen werde. An dem Konsortium würden sich Forschungsinstitute und Regierungseinrichtungen Südkoreas, Dänemarks, Deutschlands, Großbritanniens und Schwedens beteiligen.