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Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Science |

China launches Beidou, its own alternative to GPS

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 System (GPS), 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. began developing the system in 2000, and began testing the same for the government and the military last year. Although falling short of to Australia, Beidou is still mainly limited to China. The country expects to launch 40 satellites between 2014 and 2024 to achieve global coverage.

Link: Chinese Beidou GPS alternative for commercial launches and Civilian use with 16 satellites (The Verge)

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