Monday, February 05, 2007

China Space Successes Continue Unabated

Fresh from their recent success shooting down an orbiting satellite with a spear-tipped missile, China successfully launched another Beidou navigation satellite last Friday.

When completed sometime in the next few years, the Beidou, or 'Big Dipper' satellite system, will provide an independent Chinese satellite navigation system.

The Beidou system has been in development for nearly five decades, and will provide all-weather communication/navigation data for most of East Asia. Chinese scientists have been developing the system slowly, expanding and improving as funds have become available. China's recent economic growth has now provided them with the means to make it happen.

Friday's launch also further showcased the nation's successful Long March rocket launch system, also responsible for lifting the Shenzhou spacecraft. Another wildly successful Chinese space program...

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