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December 29th, 2011
Chinese Confirm Beidou Satnav System Is Operational

China’s  Beidou satellite navigation system is operational, albeit mainly in China, and say they plan to have free, global coverage in place by 2020. At a press conference the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said that Beidou – which translates as Big Dipper – is providing location data and SMS messaging using a network of ten satellites currently in orbit, and another six launches are planned for next year.  Read More