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Whether you are developing a smartphone for immediate global sale, or designing the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology of the future, BeiDou-2 is big news. For those outside the world of GNSS, keeping track of China’s developing satellite constellation—and its developing nomenclature—can be far from easy.

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While the Russian GLONASS constellation is slowly approaching full operational status, developers of future multi-GNSS systems also need to focus on the likely timeline for availability of the Chinese Beidou-2 or Compass system. The successful launch of the latest satellite for the Beidou-2 constellation means that nine such satellites have been placed into orbit since 2007. Further launches are planned for this year and next. And the Chinese authorities reckon to be on course to provi...

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CNSS is the Compass Navigation Satellite System, which will eventually comprise up to 30 medium-earth-orbit satellites and five geosynchronous satellites to provide true global coverage. This Chinese system is distinct from that country's existing Beidou I satellite system, which has been operating since 2003 but provides only domestic coverage using three geosynchronous satellites. Like other systems, the CNSS will provide two levels of service. The free service for civilian users will offer p...

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