In September 2002, China and the European Union signed a cooperation agreement on Chinese participation in the Galileo satellite navigation system.These two great powers - Europe and China - have therefore decided to work together in what all agree is a very promising field of technology.
EGNOS in CHINA (long version)
Wuhan in the heart of China.
The Yellow Crane Tower has always stood guard above the Yangtze River.
But today there is fog over this great Chinese waterway making navigation even more difficult in this large port of more than 7 million inhabitants.
But the this ferry is able to run in complete safety.
It is equipped with a receiver that uses a signal from the European Satellite Navigation Service EGNOS.
EGNOS corrects and improves the data provided by the GPS American Global Positioning System.
Here on the River Yangtze the first dynamic trials are taking place in collaboration between European Space Agency engineers, their Chinese counterparts at the institute of geology and other scientific organisations and ministries.
10:01:00 ESA ITW - 2004
Professor Zhang Shufang
Satellite Navigation Department
Dalian Maritime University
In order to conduct these trials, special infrastructure has had to be set up in China. At the Geodetic Observato