The system’s launch ceremony took place on Friday morning at the People’s Assembly House in Beijing.
Beidou is a global navigation system that will compete with US GPS and Russian GLONASS. It is expected to provide navigation services around the world as early as this year.
It is assumed that it will start operating around the world by the end of 2020.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the Chinese development is a third-generation system, it will work on a global scale. Moreover, you won’t have to wait long for it to start operating at full capacity, the system began to provide services this year.
Note that Beijing began the creation of Beidou in 2000 when the first-generation satellite of the Beidou-1A system was launched. Now in orbit, there are spacecraft of three generations (BDS-1, BDS-2, and BDS-3), and the total number of spacecraft is 35. There are five satellites in geostationary orbit, three in inclined geosynchronous orbit, and another 27 satellites in medium near-earth orbit.