FAST FIVE: Xi Hails Now "Fully Operational" China-Controlled Satellite Navigation System Which Rivals GPS
Prior BDS-3 launch file image This means that China joins a very few number of nations, which includes the US, Russia, and EU, that has its own independent global navigation system.
The network includes 35 satellites as part of an ambitious program that's been under development since the 1990's.
Xinhua news also noted that BeiDou-based services are already in use in more than 120 countries and regions.
While Beijing has specifically condemned the pursuit of the 'weaponization of space', Xi took the opportunity as touting the huge advantage that newly operational BDS-3 represents. As Xinhua describes, “Xi said the completion and opening of the BDS-3 fully reflects the political advantage of China's socialist system in mobilizing resources for major undertakings.” “It is of great significance to enhance China's comprehensive national strength, to promote China's economic development and improvement of people's livelihood under regular epidemic prevention and control, to promote China's opening-up under the current international economic situation, to further enhance national self-confidence, and to strive to achieve the two centenary goals, noted Xi,” Xinhua continues.
Based on the CAST developed DFH-3 satellite bus, the satellites were orbited by Long March-3A launch vehicles to geostationary orbits.”.