China’s Beidou navigation satellite system starts to provide pilot-run service from December 27, 2011. Ran Chengqi, spokesman of the Beidou navigation satellite system and director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, said that the Beidou navigation satellite system will provide free service to the whole world.
At a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on December 27, 2011, Ran Chengqi said that the Beidou system will provide passive positioning, navigation and timing services to an unlimited number of users. Currently, the number of domestic users of the Beidou system in China has reached more than 100,000.
“In terms of the charges, I would like to solemnly promise that the service provided by the Beidou system to the whole world will all be free of charge,” said Ran Chengqi.
According to the Development Report on the Beidou Navigation Satellite System released by the China Satellite Navigation Office, by 2012, the Beidou system will have such main functions as positioning, velocity measuring, one-way timing, two-way timing and short message communication.
By Luo Sha and Yu Xiaojie