This article originally appeared on ABACUSChina is one step closer to launching BeiDou, the country’s own satellite navigation system that rivals the US-developed GPS. By the end of this year, China will complete all medium Earth orbit launches of the BeiDou-3 system, according to BeiDou’s official website. BeiDou-3 is the last stage of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, and it will eventually consist of 35 satellites in three orbits: Medium Earth orbit, inclined geosynchronous orbit…



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