BEIJING: China on Friday formalized the full global services of the country’s indigenous navigation satellite (satellite navigation) system (BDS) Beidou-3 (Beidou-3) that could compete with the American Global Positioning System (GPS). . This will provide independent navigation facilities to the Chinese military. According to the Chinese government media, the country’s President Xi Chinfing attended a program organized for the start of full service of Beidou-3 here.
Beidou-3 is one of the world’s 4 navigation systems
With this, China’s indigenously developed Beidou-3 network has been launched, Beidou-3 is one of the four navigation network systems in the world. Three other navigation networks include American GPS, GLONASS of Russia and Galileo of the European Union. India is also preparing its own navigation system named Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
Pakistan uses Beidou
Some countries like Pakistan are using BDS. At the same time, China is also promoting its use to the countries involved in its massive project Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The main advantage to China will be that it can use its navigation system instead of GPS to direct its missiles. This is especially important in view of the growing tension with the US.
Beidou provides services in various areas including disaster relief
BDS chief designer Yang Changfeng said the Beidou system provides navigation assistance with the utmost precision. Yang said that this system is used in various fields including transportation, agriculture, fishing and disaster relief. It provides an alternative to the GLONASS of Russia and the Galileo system of the European Union as well as the GPS of the US.
Beideau was started in 1990
The Beidou Navigation Project of China was initiated in the early 1990s. The system became operational within China in 2000 and the Asia-Pacific region in 2012. Government TV CGTN said that with the upgrade of its third generation satellites, the system is set to provide global coverage with 35 satellites.