On the morning of July31, the completion and commissioning ceremony for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS-3) was held in Beijing. General Secretary Xi Jinping expressed full acknowledgment of the achievements of the construction of the BDS, especially the BDS-3, and stressed that all personnel participating in the development and construction of the BDS have overcome difficulties, dared to fight hard battles and worked hard. They have carried forward the spirit of “Two Bombs, One Satellite” and cultivated the BeiDou spirit in the new era which should be passed on and carried forward.
In October 2000, the first BDS-1 experimental satellite was successfully launched. On June 23, 2020, the last BDS-3 constellation satellite was deployed. Over the past 20 years, China has conducted 44 BDS launch missions. The country has launched 4 BDS-1 experimental satellites, 55 BDS-2 and BDS-3 constellation satellites into the space, completing the global constellation deployment.
Beidou is so far China's largest complicated space-based system that covers the widest area, features the best services, and has the closest relation with people's daily lives. More than 300,000 scientific personnel from over 400 institutes involving in Beidou's development and construction have performed a symphony of great unity and collaboration, which gives birth to the BeiDou spirit in the new era of the "independent innovations, unity and collaboration, overcoming difficulties, and the pursuit of excellence".
The great cause gives birth to the great spirit, and the great spirit, in turn, promotes the great cause. The "Two bombs, One satellite" project, Shenzhou spacecraft, the lunar probe Chang'e, the five-hundred-meter aperture spherical telescope (FAST) Tianyan, the quantum science satellite Mozi, and the Mars probe Tianwen… Breakthroughs in these independent innovation projects cannot be achieved without innovative ideas, efficient organization, meticulous management, and even more spiritual support. Since the BDS-1 project got official approval in 1994, generations of aerospace scientists have made unremitting efforts to overcome unimaginable difficulties, giving birth to the BeiDou spirit of the "independent innovations, unity and collaboration, overcoming difficulties, and the pursuit of excellence". They have made new explorations in an unfamiliar area and started from scratch to develop high-end technology. They illuminated the BDS-3 with their conviction, and made the constellation shine in the universe and serve both China and the rest of the world.
Looking up at the starry sky, we cansee the BDS is ready to shine bright; and we still need to stand on the solid ground to move forward steadily. The BeiDou spirit embodies responsibility, love of the country, great effort and innovation. Carrying forward the BeiDou spirit inspires us to make unremitting explorations and keep moving forward to the sea of stars to chase the dream of advancing China as a major power in space in the new era. The light of science and technology will shine in the world.