Liu Lihua, Member of the Party Leadership Group in the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, revealed on November 15 that the second generation of the Bei Dou Satellite Navigation system is under construction. Six satellites have been sent into orbit and the Asia-Pacific region will be covered by the year 2012. The system is expected to have global coverage by 2020. The goal of the system is to provide continuous and reliable navigation and short text services. The final system will have more than 30 satellites.
Source: Xinhua, November 15, 2010