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China upping its Beidou navigation system to compete with GPS

by GPS4US 2014-01-06 13:47

In an effort to compete with the United States’ GPS, China announced it will increase its Beidou
navigation system to 30 satellites by 2020.

The idea is to improve accuracy to within inches to compete with GPS, the most widely used navigation
system in the world.

Currently, Beidou has 16 satellites serving the Asia-Pacific region, achieving accuracy within 15 feet.
Last year China added six satellites to the system, which began in
2011.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. is encouraging surrounding Asian countries to use
Beidou by offering it free of charge, like GPS. Further, increasing the Beidou system could boost
China’s national defense.

"Satellite navigation is an important part of a country's infrastructure, and it's certainly a combined
civilian and military infrastructure," Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office,
told upi.com.

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