China’s GPS-like BeiDou navigation system recognized as global standard for commercial aviation in ‘important milestone’

Nov. 22, 2023
China’s BeiDou system, which is similar to the US’ Global Positioning System (GPS), has been recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Mia Nulimaimaiti and Luna Sun write for the South China Morning Post.

BEIJING - China’s equivalent to the US’ Global Positioning System (GPS) has gained an international qualification that allows it to expand into global commercial aviation, with the “important milestone” a potential boost for the technology, analysts said, Mia Nulimaimaiti and Luna Sun write for the South China Morning PostContinue reading original article.

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22 November 2023 - Nulimaimaiti and Sun continue, "The home-grown BeiDou system has been recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organisation as one of its standards, becoming a universal satellite navigation system for civil flights globally, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on Wednesday."

China's BDS utilizes satellites in geostationary, geo-synchronous, and medium Earth orbits coupled with ground stations for end-user products and services.

China's government website providing an overview to its BDS says that "Since provision of services, BDS has been widely used in transportation, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, hydrological monitoring, meteorological forecasting, communication, power dispatching, disaster relief, public security and other fields, and has been serving national significant infrastructures, thereby resulting in remarkable economic and social benefits. The BDS-based navigation services have been widely adopted by e-commerce enterprises, manufacturers of intelligent mobile terminals and location-based services providers, which have extensively entered into the fields of mass consumption, share economies, and those related to people's livelihood. New modes, business forms and economy of the BDS applications are emerging, profoundly changing people's production and life. China will continue to promote the BDS applications and industrial development, so as to serve the country's modernization construction and daily life of the people, and to make contributions to the global scientific, technological, economic and social development."

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
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