Chinese GPS Service Switched On

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China's own satellite navigation system Beidou has started providing initial positioning navigation and timing operational services to China and its surrounding areas a spokesman for the system said.

Six more satellites will be launched in 2012 to expand its service area to cover most parts of the Asia-Pacific region.

China started developing its Beidou system in 2000 after deciding not to rely on Europe's own Galileo competitor to the USA's GPS service.

So far, China has launched 10 satellites for the Beidou system, with the tenth being lifted into orbit earlier this month.

The system is reported to be compatible with the GPS, Galileo and Russia's Glonass platforms.

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