China launches Beidou, its own alternative to GPS
The Chinese Beidou geolocation system officially started for civil and commercial use, based on 16 satellites. Joins the Global positioning System (GPS), GLONASS maintained by Russia, and Galileo, the European Union.
The official Xinhua news agency said Beidou is able to determine locations with an accuracy rate of 10 meters, and can measure speed up to 0.2 meters per second. The system can also synchronize clocks with an accuracy of 50 nanoseconds.
Besides serving to ordinary Chinese citizens, Beidou aim to reduce dependence on the military services controlled by the United States. China began developing the system in 2000, and began testing the same for the government and the military last year. Although falling short of Satellites to Australia, Beidou is still mainly limited to China. The country expects to launch 40 satellites between 2014 and 2024 to achieve global coverage.China, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, positioning, Satellites