China: China is steadily working toward building a homegrown satellite navigation system which would rival the United States’ Global Positioning System. The country has successfully added two more satellites in the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, this month. This brings the total number of satellites in China’s homegrown positioning system up to 19. It’s interesting to note that even though the first Beidou satellite was not put into orbit until 2000, by 2012, BDS was already providing positioning, navigation, timing and communication services to China and many other APAC countries. China plans to have complete global coverage by 2020 by setting up a constellation of 35 satellites. The country aims to challenge the GPS’ market share by offering much cheaper services.
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