GPS-style map system takes off

China successfully launched its eighth Beidou (Compass) navigation satellite on Sunday, ensuring the basic system for its indigenous satellite navigation and positioning network is in place.

Beidou is being developed to rival the United States-developed GPS, the European Union’s Galileo and Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System, and is aimed at allowing travelers, drivers and military officials to accurately know their locations.

A Long March-3A carrier rocket bearing the satellite took off at 4:47 am on Sunday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China’s Sichuan province, according to a statement on the Beidou navigation system’s official website, beidou.gov.cn.

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