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Satellite emergency system suggested

CHINA'S space scientists have urged the country to create a national emergency response system against natural disasters based on integrated use of space technology resources.

Space installations could play an important role in times of emergency, while ground facilities are vulnerable to damage in natural disasters, Ye Peijian, chief designer of China's first moon probe, said yesterday on the sidelines of the CPPCC meet.

Space installations can keep unaffected in natural disasters, but ground facilities-supported communication signals could be disturbed in case of mud slides, earthquakes or typhoons, the CPPCC National Committee member said.

Ye cited the use of communication, navigation and remote sensing satellites in earthquake-relief efforts.

Qi Faren, chief designer of China's Shenzhou spaceships, said the No. 1 Beidou Navigation Satellite terminal made it possible for rescue teams to enter damaged areas after last year's May 12 quake.


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