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China Prepares to Complete GPS-Comparable Beidou Satellite Network


The US military has built GPS, the world’s first global satellite navigation system. “You recognize the spread of GPS as a standard and a global standard. Economically and influentially, this is the upper limit of the United States,” said the Pentagon overseeing satellite production and now. Bill La Plante, who works for Mitre Corp, said.

Recently, Russians and Europeans have built networks.And China is trying to complete itself, a $ 9 billion project Hokuto.. That is the Mandarin of “Big Dipper”. Like GPS, BeiDou provides signals for free. “You don’t have any information about your positioning, which is why China wanted to be independent and have its own satellite navigation system,” said Stella Strataki, an analyst at Northern Sky Research. I will.

That includes military power. During a confrontation in the mid-90s, China launched missiles at Taiwan, but Chinese sources said Americans blocked GPS signals to precision weapons. BeiDou already offers navigation to China’s planes, cars and phones.

“I think this is because China is well aware of the future of precision navigation timing and market standards. If we can control it, we are probably a great power,” Laplante said. So why invest? Satellites bring know-how that leads to corporate spin-offs and new industries.

So-called Beijing ally Belt and Road IInitiativeAn international development program, has also joined the orbit of China. “China is urging all state-owned enterprises to have Hokuto-ready capabilities, so if you’re Samsung or Apple, you’ll have to make that call,” said Stephen Ganote, Avascent’s aerospace consultant. Mr. says.

Many analysts believe that in the future, gadgets may communicate with BeiDou as well as GPS. BeiDou also has one feature that GPS does not have. It’s a satellite text message. “If you’re text messaging via the BeiDou satellite and you’re out of range of your cell phone, there are basically satellite text phones that can be used for a variety of purposes,” says Ganote.

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