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China Launches Own Global Positioning System #SupplyChain #Mobile

DECEMBER 27, 2011, 11:21 A.M. ET

BEIJING—China has begun operating a homegrown satellite navigation service that is designed to provide an alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System and, according to defense experts, could help the Chinese military to identify, track and strike U.S. ships in the region in the event of armed conflict.

The Beidou Navigation Satellite System started providing initial positioning, navigation and timing services to China and its "surrounding areas" on Tuesday, Ran Chengqi, a spokesman for the system, told a news conference.

He said China had so far launched 10 satellites for the Beidou system, including one this month, and planned to put six more in orbit in 2012 to enhance the system's accuracy and expand its service to cover most of the Asia Pacific region.

The system isn't as believed to be as.....

.......A preliminary version of the system's Interface Control Document, which allows foreign and Chinese entities access to its basic technical data, was made available on the system's website,, from Tuesday, he said....

In the orb... 

DECEMBER 27, 2011 AT 5:00 AM PT The Voyager 1 spacecraft is getting awfully close to the outer edge of our solar system. For the first time ever by a human-made object, NASA expects to reach the frontier of interstellar space within the next three years.

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500 Million IP Smart Object Network Devices by 2016