China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System has grown on global scale and is now ready to compete with the US GPS
BEIJING : China has made a remarkable achievement with the deployment of its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. After the American GPS, Russian GLONASS and European GALILEO, Chinese BDS(BeiDou Navigation Satellite System) becomes the fourth global navigation satellite system. Also, Named after the Chinese term for the ‘Big Dipper’, the BeiDou system became operational in China in 2000 and the Asia-Pacific region in 2012.
“This is a key step for BDS developing from a domestic Chinese system to a regional and then a global navigation system,” said Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the BieDou stytem.
Also, Ran Chengqi, director general of China Satellite Navigation Office, told the media about completion of their third-generation GPS before the schedule of 2020, saying “BeiDou, China’s home-developed satellite navigation system, has launched its global service ahead of schedule as the country looks to challenge the dominance of America’s Global Positioning System(GPS).”
In 1994, China started working on BeiDou to push the country’s space programme and freeing up dependency from American GPS. So, by reaching at global scale, the Chinese GPS BeiDou is now efficient to rival the American navigation system.