In Brief

It looked as though China stepped up the game to challenge the US, or at least US space-supremacy, at the end of last month when it launched another satellite in its second-generation Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS), also by the name of Beidou-2.

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It looked as though China stepped up the game to challenge the US, or at least US space-supremacy, at the end of last month when it launched another satellite in its second-generation Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS), also by the name of Beidou-2.

The Beidou-2 Compass-G4 satellite is the sixth of the 35 that are planned to orbit the earth in 2020, giving China worldwide navigation coverage. Although China has been working on satellite navigation since the early 2000s, it is only now that its capabilities are catching up with other global navigation and positioning players.

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