China launches Beidou satellite navigation system

Wednesday 28 December 2011 | 09:34 CET | News
China has started to operate its own satellite positioning system, Beidou, reports the China Daily. Beidou, or Big Dipper, is the domestic version of the US' GPS. It started providing navigation, positioning and timing data on a pilot basis to China and the neighboring area free, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, Ran Chengqi said. The system, with ten orbiting satellites, covers an area from Australia in the south to Russia in the north. Signals can reach the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the east, Chengqi said. With six more satellites

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Companies: Beidou
Countries: China
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