China: A new satellite for China”s indigenous Beidou navigation system will be launched at the end of October to join 15 satellites already in orbit, the Beijing News reported. The new satellite will complete a network that can offer services to customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
China has sent five civilian satellites into space since the 2012 beginning to speed up the completion of the network for the Beidou navigation and positioning system.
In 2000, China launched its first navigation satellite for the Beidou system, which it sees as an alternative to the US government-run GPS.
The country will have a regional Beidou navigation system covering China and neighbouring regions this year and will provide services to global customers upon its completion in 2020, according to the China National Space Administration.
The system will be used in transportation, weather forecasting, marine fisheries, forestry, telecommunications, hydrological monitoring and mapping.
Source: China Daily