A new satellite BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has been launched by China on Monday evening. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, the satellite launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern Sichuan Province was sent into a geostationary orbit through a Long March-3B carrier rocket.
The satellite will provide services to the driverless vehicles, accurate berthing of ships and takeoff and landing of airplanes, integrated with functions of navigation and communication.
According to Xinhua, developed by the China Academy of Space Technology, the satellite, “was only one step away from completing the whole global system”.
Fastened with scientific evidence, “Global Systems” will provide means to engage in reflective dialogue to help in policy-making and public action and to ensure that civil society collectively engages in societal action in response to challenges faced globally like climate change, urbanization, or social inclusion.
It was back in the 1990s that China developed its navigation system. It began serving the Asia-Pacific Region in 2012. It is pertinent to mention here that overall 54 BDS-2 and BDS-3 satellites have been sent into space.
By May, Beijing will complete the construction of the BDS constellation. It will ensure that high-precision, reliable positioning, navigation and timing services are provided anywhere in the world.
In an earlier article, we informed our readers that China’s Beidou satellite navigation system will reduce the Pakistan military’s dependence on the US-owned Global Positioning System (GPS). After the system is projected to achieve worldwide coverage in 2020, the reliance on GPS will reduce.