China can no longer rely on the American global positioning system
China successfully launched the last satellite in its navigation system, BeiDou-3. Thus the Chinese government has strengthened its position as one of the leading participants in the space race. The launch, which was held today, China can no longer rely on belonging to the US government global positioning system (GPS), according to comments.ua.
Chinese net worth of 10 billion US dollars consists of 35 satellites and provide global navigation coverage. Its development and creation associated with the growth of tension in relations between Beijing and Washington in connection with the coronavirus, trade, and Hong Kong.
The launch was planned for last week but was postponed after it was discovered technical problems with the rocket in prelaunch testing. The third version of the navigation satellite system Beidou (BDS) offers an alternative to Russian GLONASS, European system Galileo and the American GPS system. Future plans include supporting more accessible and integrated system, which should be running by 2035, with the core of BDS.
The first version of BeiDou, which means “Big dipper”, was decommissioned in 2012. Over the past 20 years, China’s space program has developed rapidly since Beijing has provided significant funds for the development of its own high-tech systems in the country.