China has finished its new navigational satellite network, claiming that it can rival other countries' navigational systems. According to Time's latest report, the country is currently celebrating after its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System was completed.
Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a ceremony marking the completion and launch of the #BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System. pic.twitter.com/ZCJzxceVJn — 马利克 沙希德 joyia (@malikshahidjoya) July 31, 2020
China stated that the new technology can significantly boost the country's geopolitical clout and security, as well as rival the United States Global Positioning System (GPS). The new navigational system was officially commissioned at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 31, by the leader of the ruling Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army, President Xi Jinping.
After the 55th and final geostationary satellite in the constellation, which was launched on June 23, completed all its tests, it was also declared operating. The new navigational network is part of the third iteration of the Beidou system called BDS-3. For more updates on new technologies, check the fresh news here at TechTimes. Also, see how the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) prepares its Mars Rover for its Martian mission.
China's Beidou system started offering navigation services to the countries taking part in China's sprawling "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative, in 2018. The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System has an extremely high degree of accuracy to provide navigation aid. It also has the ability to transmit images, as well as offer short message communication of up to 1,200 Chinese characters.
Can China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System also compete with other countries?
Phys Org reported that aside from U.S. GPS, China claimed that its new navigational satellite system can also match the Europian Union's Galileo networks and Russia's GLONASS. However, the Asian country still seeks cooperation with other satellite navigation systems.
President Xi Jinping declared the official commissioning of #China's #BeiDou Navigation Satellite System at a ceremony today in #Beijing. BDS is China's largest space-based system and one of the world's four global navigation networks. pic.twitter.com/d13oc4zR0W — Permanent Mission of China in Vienna (@ChinaMissionVie) July 31, 2020
It was explained that China's claims might be correct since its mobile phone makers and other manufacturers of technically sophisticated hardware have already taken on their foreign rivals. Although no details explain how Beidou can work with other navigational networks, the official Xinhua News Agency said it is compatible with three other systems.China's new technology took 30 years to be completed and has chief advantages, including the ability to replace GPS for guiding its missiles, especially during the current tensions with Washington. The China Academy of Space Technology's development of the atomic clock, helped the country to complete the satellite system by providing frequency standards and time for BDS satellites.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.