China GPS Rival Beidou Starts Offering Navigation Data

December 27, 2011 by staff 

China GPS Rival Beidou Starts Offering Navigation DataChina GPS Rival Beidou Starts Offering Navigation Data, China’s satellite navigation system has become operational, according to an official.

Beidou now offered location, timing and navigation data to China and surrounding areas announced the project’s spokesman Ran Cheng.

China has been working on the system since 2000 to provide an alternative to the US government-run Global Positioning System (GPS).

The move should make China’s military less dependent on foreign technology.

A launch earlier this month delivered the tenth of Beidou’s satellites into orbit.

Beijing plans to send a further six satellites into space by 2012 to extend the system to most parts of Asia, and then expand the network to a total of 35 satellites offering global coverage by 2020.

Interested parties are invited to study a test version of the project’s Interface Control Document which has been placed online

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