China plans to launch up to 10 satellites this year as part of a plan to rival America's GPS navigation network

Business Insider | 3/6/2019 | South China Morning Post
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China plans to launch eight to 10 satellites this year to enhance the coverage of its Beidou navigation system.

Beidou has both military and civilian applications - just like the rival Global Positioning System operated by the US Air Force.

Medium - Earth - Orbit - Network - Satellites

The medium earth orbit network will consist of 27 satellites when completed.

China hopes to finish a key phase of its Beidou navigation system (BDS) - a rival to America's GPS network - by the end of the year, according to state media reports.

China - Central - TV - Satellites - Year

China Central TV said eight to 10 satellites would be launched this year to enhance the network's coverage, and if all went well it would be able to complete the medium earth orbit network.

The China Satellite Navigation Office, which administers the scheme, told the network: "BDS will continue to reinforce the high-density global network.

Distribution - System - Service - Experience

"We will further improve satellite distribution and upgrade the system's service and user experience."

Beidou has both military and civilian applications - just like the rival Global Positioning System operated by the US Air Force.

Work - Project - People - Liberation - Army

Work on the project began in 1994 to serve the People's Liberation Army's navigational and communication needs.

The first two Beidou satellites were launched in 2000, and the current BDS system is the third generation of this project, starting in 2009 and is set to be fully completed in 2020.

BDS - Service - December - Accuracy - Metres

BDS began offering its basic global service in December 2018, with a positioning accuracy of about 10 metres (33ft) globally and five metres in the Asia-Pacific region.

When completed,...
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