A new satellite-based air pollution monitoring system could be one of the most important steps China can take to address the global problem of air pollution, a Chinese government research institute said on Tuesday.
China is set to launch the Global Positioning System-5 (GPS-5) on October 30, and is aiming to have the system on the market by 2020, the Xinhua news agency reported.
The new satellite is the fourth of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), the first of which is currently being developed by the National Space Administration.
The satellite is a two-stage, two-axis, GPS-based system, which is capable of monitoring the Earth’s topography, weather, sea level, ozone, cloud cover, solar radiation and other natural phenomena, Xinhua said.
The system is being developed with the aim of improving environmental protection and air quality in China.
China has struggled to reduce its air pollution over the past three decades and the country has struggled in recent years to cope with the rise of car-based, new forms of transport such as electric vehicles.