Beidou launches navigation data for Asia-Pacific region

Ran Chengqi, the spokesman for the Beidou Navigation Satellite System. Photo: Xinhua

The Beidou satellite navigation network began offering positioning data yesterday for the Asia-Pacific region - a milestone in Beijing's bid to challenge the US-controlled Global Positioning System (GPS).

Friday, 28 December, 2012, 5:42am 1 comment

Middle Kingdom in a race for the centre

China successfully launched the 16th satellite into space for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network. Photo: Xinhua

At this stage of China's history there is something wonderfully resonant about Beijing's determination to acquire a satellite-based navigation system with its Beidou programme.

28 Dec 2012 - 3:31am 2 comments

Rocket launch set to complete regional 'GPS for China'

A Long March 2C carrier rocket transporting two satellites blasts off from Taiyuan, Shanxi province on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

China is likely to launch its 16th Beidou satellite later this month, completing a crucial stage in the construction of its home-made satellite navigation system. The Beijing News, quoting an anonymous source, said yesterday that the satellite would enable the system to extend its signal coverage over the Asia-Pacific region from Afghanistan to the Western Pacific, and from Mongolia to Australia.

16 Oct 2012 - 8:47am

Pentax WG-2 GPS

There are many water-resistant, shock-proof digital cameras on the market today, but if you are serious about taking photos where few cameras can go, then you might want to take a look at the Pentax WG-2 GPS.

While others might be perfect for the sand and beach, the WG-2 is designed for the ocean - more precisely, up to 12 metres below the surface.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exercise in peer pressure adds competitive edge to fitness

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1 May 2012 - 12:00am

China's eyes in the sky need watching

Being able to pinpoint the location of an object on the earth's surface is one of the most powerful technologies a government can have. China's announcement that its Beidou satellite navigational system has become operational symbolically moves the nation forward on the world stage.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

There's no time like my present

There are many reasons why I love running, but most of all it's because of its simplicity. Throw on a T-shirt and some shorts, lace up your shoes and your workout starts once you're out the door. It's not logistically challenging, unlike swimming or cycling, which I also do as a triathlete.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Watch for these - the latest wrist gadgets for runners

Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Set to launch later this year, the latest incarnation from arguably the world's leading GPS watch brand is much sleeker than its predecessors. The all-in-one device not only tracks running and cycling, but also extensive swim metrics including distance, stroke identification, stroke count and pool length.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

There are positives with horse-tracking system

The jury is out on one aspect of the Meydan set up - the Trakus system used for varying purposes, including sectional times and the enhancement of the 'viewing experience' for racegoers.

In fact the jury has been out for more than four years at Woodbine racetrack in Canada, where the system first emerged, despite tracks in the United States taking it up since.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

law and order

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 How do Octopus cards help detectives in their investigations?

a. They are linked to a global positioning system that can help locate suspects.

b. Their transaction and travel records provide clues to where they have been and what they have been doing.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

Size Matters

Panic buttons coupled with global positioning satellite (GPS) transmitters seem to be among the most popular small and concealable contemporary protection devices that tycoons are availing themselves of, says former Navy Seal and Manila-based security professional Benjamin Lichtenberg.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Treasure found in nature

Getting teenagers away from the computer screen or games console and out into the country parks is no easy task, as so much of their social and school life is tied to technology.

But what better way to tempt them out into the fresh air than by introducing a game that combines a treasure hunt, a healthy hike and the use of some of the latest technology?

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing fears hostile use of GPS by visitors

Beijing is concerned that field data collected by foreigners could be used by hostile powers to help guided missiles hit key military and civilian installations, mainland experts say.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

From space to a place on the map

The idea of a computer navigating you to your destination was once the stuff of science fiction. The Global Positioning System (GPS) has changed all that, and it is now possible for drivers to get to any destination without the help of a map.

20 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

CityU students make life simpler

City University (CityU) students are making life easier with their inventions: a system to track missing trail-walkers and a handy device to computerise grocery shopping.

4 Jun 2008 - 12:00am