(Yicai Global) Nov. 25 -- China West Hongqiao Base for Technology Innovation of Beidou Satellite Navigation this week officially started to run the country's first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integrated service platform -- Youche UAV Service Center.
China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is a global satellite navigation system self-developed by China. It is the third satellite navigation system developed after the US's Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation system.
"By setting up a UAV service platform at Beidou Base, we hope to provide positioning services for UAVs via the Beidou system. Though still relatively costly compared to GPS, Beidou navigation has the strong support of national policy," Ke Yubao, executive secretary-general of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of China, told Yicai Global.
Also, a comprehensive UAV pilot area is also under construction at the base. "The UAV high-precision navigation control test field can provide multi-dimensional precision measurement and calibration under various scenarios for corporate users. By constructing a test environment for Beidou Navigation, we can gather a group of outstanding enterprises to develop UAV-related core technologies that China lacks, such as intelligent navigation and flight control, and intelligent perception," Yu Wenxian, chief scientist of the base and professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University, said.
"The company is working with a drone firm to provide Beidou Navigation data, late-stage data processing systems, as well as other services for drones," said Yu Lei, chairman and general manager of Shanghai Ubiquitous Navigation Technology Co., Ltd. [NEEQ:831330].
The UAV service platform will also help promote the implementation of the relevant standards of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) -- such as airworthiness standards, safety management and operating mechanisms, an officer at the Flight Standard Division of the CAAC told Yicai Global.