China Launches 11th Satellite for Independent Navigation System
Xichang, Sichuan, February 25 (Xinhua-RHC) -- China successfully launched a satellite into space at 12:12 a.m. Beijing Time Saturday, the 11th of its global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system, the launch center said.
The Beidou system started to provide services on a trial basis on December 27th, 2011. The system has been used in transportation, weather forecasting, marine fisheries, hydrological monitoring, and mapping.
Chinabegan to build the Beidou system in 2000 with a goal of breaking its dependence on the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and creating its own global positioning system by 2020.