China adds a new satellite to their own Beidou navigation system


China at 5:07 a.m. on Friday, sent their 10th navigation satellite to orbit in an effort to complete their own navigation system known as Beidou. The satellite was strapped to a Long March-3A carrier rocket. Beidou is currently functional but only provides position information for China and its surrounding areas as opposed to the whole globe unlike US’ GPS.

Beidou is on track with its progress. The plan is to have 30 satellites circling the Earth by the year 2020. The start date for the whole thing was 2000.

2 Responses to “China adds a new satellite to their own Beidou navigation system”

  1. t Says:

    would be great to see a comparison of actual GPS reception.


  2. t Says:

    uhh that was meant for the other article, you can delete these.


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