China: According to a senior and responsible defence official in China, Chinese satellites are now providing more than 80 percent of the satellite data used in the country. In a press conference on Thursday, Xu Dazhe, head of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), made the claim with adding that China will soon launch its national satellite data database, which can be used as an alternative to U.S. operated GPS.
This should not be very surprising as China has been building its own satellite constellation to reciprocate U.S. developed GPS. The database is based on the Sky Eyes project that will eventually see seven linked HD Earth observation satellites in space. Three of them have already been launched. "This data will contribute to more accurate decisions by the government," said Wu Yanhua, deputy head of SASTIND.
Companies can also apply to access the database. "Industries such as land and resources, agriculture and meteorology will also benefit from the project," Wu said. The general public will get more detailed maps as a result of Sky Eyes, added Tong Xudong, the project's chief engineer.
Source: Shanghai Daily