22 October 2019
Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, said at the first China-Central Asia BeiDou Cooperation Forum, a sideline event of the seventh China-Central Asia Cooperation Forum that kicked off in Nanning, capital of South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region that China will possibly launch all BeiDou-3 satellites for the completion of the global network of its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System into space by the end of June 2020, about half a year ahead of schedule. To meet the tight launch schedule, satellite developer China Academy of Space Technology said it streamlined the development process of BDS satellites, halving the development cycle of a single satellite model to 18 months. After the completion of the constellation, the stable operation, application promotion and international cooperation will be given highest priority.
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