Beijing, China: China launched its 10th indigenous global navigation and positioning satellite for its global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system. The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan Province, was also the 153rd launch of the Long March carrier rockets.
With this launch, the basic structure of the Beidou system has now been established, and engineers are conducting comprehensive system test and evaluation. The system will provide test-run services of positioning, navigation and time for China and the neighbouring areas before the end of this year.
The Beidou network will be completed in 2020 with 30 satellites orbiting the earth. Started in 2000, the Beidou satellite navigation system is designed to break China’s dependence on the US Global Positioning System (GPS).