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China’s Beidou Satellite Navigation System

China Wednesday said its homegrown navigation system, deemed as rival to the US’ Global Positioning System (GPS), is expected to serve global users by 2020 and will provide open satellite navigation services “free of charge”. Currently, B1I and B2I open service signals are being broadcast by the operating BeiDou Navigation …

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China’s Beidou navigation network grows with successful launch

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/13/chinas-beidou-navigation-network-grows-with-successful-launch/ A Chinese Long March 3C rocket boosted a fresh satellite into orbit Sunday to join the country’s Beidou navigation system, deploying the craft into an elliptical orbit ranging more than 22,000 miles (35,700 kilometers) above Earth. The new navigation platform will power its way into a circular geosynchronous …

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