China is searching for to advertise the civilian use of its satellite tv for pc navigation system with the launch of a brand new chip that may help quick messages on smartphones in distant areas.
The built-in chip would enable smartphone customers to ship and obtain quick messages via the nation’s BeiDou navigation satellite tv for pc system, Yang Changfeng, chief architect of the system and an academician of the Chinese language Academy of Engineering, instructed media in a current interview.
Yang stated China would optimize using its satellites and telecommunication services to enhance the efficiency of BeiDou, which is now correct to inside one meter.
Chen Zhonggui, chief designer of the BeiDou-3 satellite tv for pc, stated 45 BeiDou satellites have been now in operation. Chen stated the system was correct to inside three to 5 meters globally and inside one to 3 meters within the Asia-Pacific area.
On Wednesday, China North Industries Company, China Cell, China Electronics Expertise Group Corp and native cell phone makers collectively launched a chip that may enable cell phone customers to ship and obtain quick messages via BeiDou.
BeiDou’s Yang stated this new function might assist shield individuals in wild areas and deep-sea fishery staff. Yang stated increasingly functions can be launched to shoppers whereas driverless automobiles would use BeiDou sooner or later.
The 22-nanometer BeiDou high-precision positioning chip was launched in September 2020 and has been mass-produced since final yr. The chip, which is sufficiently small to be constructed into smartphones, may obtain alerts from the US’ GPS, Russia’s Glonass and the European Union’s Galileo techniques.
On August 3, the China Satellite tv for pc Navigation Workplace unveiled 35 licenses that enable the industrial use of BeiDou’s Radionavigation Satellite tv for pc Service (RNSS).
In Might, the workplace stated in a white paper that China’s satellite tv for pc navigation business’s revenues grew 16.3% to 469 billion yuan (US$69.5 billion) final yr from 2020. It stated the federal government wished to monetize BeiDou and use the revenue to help the system’s additional growth.
The workplace stated BeiDou might be utilized in areas reminiscent of telecommunication, energy allocation, catastrophe work, public security, transport, agriculture and aquaculture, hydrological monitoring and meteorological commentary, in addition to long-range navy strikes.
It stated the system might be utilized along with the Web of Issues, synthetic intelligence and massive information applied sciences.
Beijing turned conscious of the significance of constructing its personal satellite tv for pc navigation system after it noticed that the USA military enormously elevated the accuracy of its weapons with the US’ World Positioning System (GPS) in the course of the Gulf Battle in 1991. China began constructing its personal in 1994.
In 1995, then-Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui delivered a speech about Taiwan’s democratization expertise at Cornell College within the US. He was criticized by Beijing for making an attempt to separate Taiwan from China. To retaliate, the Folks’s Liberation Military (PLA) launched 4 ballistic missiles at Taiwan’s waters in July 1995 and yet one more in March 1996.
Chinese language state media later admitted that solely the primary missile had hit the goal however the next ones missed their marks. They stated that the US might have turned off the GPS that China was utilizing on the time. The incident prompted China to speed up the event of its satellite tv for pc navigation system, specifically BeiDou, which suggests the Large Dipper, the reviews stated.
On July 31, 2020, Chinese language President Xi Jinping introduced that the third technology BeiDou system’s set-up had been accomplished. On July 31 this yr, the China Aerospace Science and Expertise Corp (CASC), a state-owned enterprise, introduced the official launch of BeiDou’s international satellite tv for pc navigation companies.
It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not the PLA used the BeiDou system when it launched 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles into Taiwan’s waters on Thursday in response to the US Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s go to to the self-governing island.
Over the previous few years, Chinese language media have reported about BeiDou’s navy functions.
In 2018 report, the PLA used a BeiDou smartwatch, which might observe the places and well being situations of its troopers and permit them to name for assist and report dwell conditions. To cover their location, troopers can destroy the watch by pushing a one-touch button, the report stated.
One other article stated BeiDou might be used to information the LeiShi-6 (LS-6) Thunder Stone glide bomb, which doesn’t require costly sensors and cameras.
Citing Russia’s navy operations in Ukraine this yr, the article stated the Russian military wasted a lot of missiles because it didn’t have a high-precision satellite tv for pc navigation system to information them.
It stated BeiDou might nonetheless be used as a supplementary device to information China’s intercontinental ballistic missiles, such because the Dongfeng-41, though their ultra-high pace may decrease the navigation system’s accuracy.
Zhu Jiangming, a navy columnist, wrote in an article printed by the Southern Folks Weekly that some ballistic missiles together with the Dongfeng-21 needed to cut back their pace to beneath 10 instances the pace of sound with a purpose to be guided by BeiDou.
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