China: Beidou, China’s own navigation satellite, aims to provide global service by 2020, said Sun Jiadong, the chief designer of the system. It is also know as the Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS). It can provide highly-accurate and reliable navigation, positioning and timing services. At present, this system has entered the launch and network arrangement stage.
Sun said that the development of the system follows a three-step strategy. During 2000 to 2003, China has completed the establishment of the trial CNSS, which is composed of three satellites, making it the third country to own an independent satellite navigation system. Second, the CNSS will cover China and its surrounding areas by 2010 and third the CNSS will be able to cover the entire world by around 2020.
Source: People’s Daily Online