China's satellite navigation system live

Dec 27, 2011
File illustration photo shows China's Long March-2F/H carrier rocket in November. China's home-grown satellite navigation system launched a limited positioning service Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency said, as the country seeks to break its dependence on foreign technology.

China's home-grown satellite navigation system launched a limited positioning service Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency said, as the country seeks to break its dependence on foreign technology.

China started building its space-based navigation network in 2000 to stop it having to rely on the US-controlled (GPS), and previous reports have said it will provide a worldwide service by 2020.

The Beidou, or Compass, navigation system was now providing services for China and "surrounding areas", Xinhua said, and Beijing would launch another six satellites in 2012 to expand it to most of the Asia-Pacific region.

The first Compass satellite was launched in April 2007, after four other experimental satellites were placed in orbit earlier in the decade. It is not clear how many satellites have been launched so far.

Once completed, the system will have 35 satellites developed using Chinese technology, and will provide services for mapping, fishery, transport, meteorology and telecommunications, state media have said.

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Are you okay omatumr? This story had absolutely nothing to do with neutron repulsion. I see your ramblings all the time, but I just do not understand the motivation behind them.
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Gravity measurements now being tested on the Moon:

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b.) A pulsar - the unstable remains of the supernova that gave birth to the Solar System - as experimental observations have indicated since 1971!

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Are you okay omatumr?


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As noted above, all is well.
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