What Is Achievable with the Current Compass Constellation?

Maorong Ge; Hongping Zhang; Xiaolin Jia; Shuli Song; Jens Wickert
November 2012
GPS World;Nov2012, Vol. 23 Issue 11, p29
Trade Publication
The article reports on the development of the satellite navigation system Compass by China. Known as BeiDou, this Compass constellation comprises of four geostationary Earth-orbit (GEO) satellites and five inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) satellites in operation. With 12 stations in China, the Pacific region, Europe and Africa, this regional system is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 with a constellation of five GEOs, five IGSOs and four medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellites.


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