11 November 2018
The 13th meeting of International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) closed on 9 November in Xi'an City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, adopting a joint declaration to develop global satellite systems together. During the conference, more than 400 representatives from 16 countries and regions exchanged ideas on more than 20 topics on the development of global navigation satellite system (GNSS). A joint declaration was finally issued to develop GNSS together, involving the world's four major satellite navigation systems: China's Beidou, U.S.'s GPS, Russia's GLONASS and EU's Galileo, as well as two regional satellite navigation systems of Japan and India. Major suppliers will further strengthen technological innovation, transparency of services, as well as cooperation and exchanges, in an effort to better serve humanity.
Ran Chengqi, Director of China Satellite Navigation Office, the last launch of a Beidou satellite in 2018 is planned for 19 November, marking the basic completion of the Beidou 3 system.
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