China moves one step closer to creating competitor for the US GPS

China has moved one step closer to creating a rival for the US GPS. On 19 November China launched two new navigation satellites costing approximately $9 billion. China’s goal is to become more independent when it comes to Global Positioning Systems as well gain economically from this self-reliance.

China has already launched a satellite earlier this month and two satellites in October. The satellite array named the BeiDou Navigation System is expect to make up around 30 satellites is set to be completed by 2020. The BeiDou Navigation System is also a part of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.

China’s space aspiration also encompass sending a probe to the far side of the moon as well as launching a rover to mars by the year 2020 as reported by japantimes.co.jp.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka’

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