A carrier rocket carrying the last probe for China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system blasts off on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua A carrier rocket carrying the last probe for China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system blasts off on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua
A carrier rocket carrying the last probe for China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system blasts off on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

China’s answer to GPS complete as final BeiDou satellite launches

  • Last of the navigation system’s 30 operational satellites is sent into orbit on Tuesday after technical problems delayed it by a week
  • The network’s completion, which state media report says is six months early, establishes it as a rival to the US-owned GPS

Topic |   China science
A carrier rocket carrying the last probe for China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system blasts off on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua A carrier rocket carrying the last probe for China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system blasts off on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua
A carrier rocket carrying the last probe for China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system blasts off on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua
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