People all over the planet depend on the GPS satellite positioning system for all sorts of things from navigating in their cars to keeping up with equipment and personnel. China says that it intendeds to have an operational GPS system covering all of Asia by 2010.
Despite the 2010 date specified, Chinese officials aren’t giving up much information. In fact officials from Japan say that it and China have had no talks concerning interoperability of the two nations GPS satellite systems. This is despite the fact that both China and Japan are members of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICGNSS) that was founded to ensure global interoperability of navigation satellite networks.
China has also not yet completed frequency coordination with the other ICGNSS member nations including the U.S., Europe, Russia and others. According to Space.com, Chinese officials said at the Toulouse Space Show that China’s global Compass/Beidou system would be fully compatible with the U.S. GPS, European Galileo, and Russian Glonass global navigation constellations.
Japanese officials are concerned about the Chinese Asia regional system because Japan is developing its own regional system called the Quazi Zenith Satellite Systems which will have three satellites in a highly elliptical orbit with an apogee over Japan and Asia. According to Satoshi Kogure from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Japanese Agency some in Japan feel the Chinese navigation satellite system is an important issue for Japanese national security.
The head of the Galileo unit at the European Commission financing the development of the Galileo constellation notes that when the U.S., Russian, Chinese and European medium Earth satellites are added together there could be 120 operational navigation satellites in medium Earth orbit.
The Chinese satellite system will also reportedly include an encrypted channel, presumably for use by the Chinese military.
quote: and to track down nuclear submarines
quote: ...Eh, oh well. China wouldn't last an hour in open conflict with the US. They buy and build big stuff and train their people how to use it afterwards :_ .
quote: Besides, never count nukes. If anything their satellites will be the first thing targeted by the US in the event of war. China is not friendly, therefore deny them satellites.
quote: ...Eh, oh well. China wouldn't last an hour in open conflict with the US.
quote: Would you trust a homocidal monkey who's just gone from living in a cage to inheriting Bill Gates' private island... would you trust them with high tech?
quote: If America has a hard time dealing with Iraq, how in the heck do you think it will fare against China?
quote: Al Qaeda is causing all kinds of trouble for the US.
quote: Again, Iraq is not open warfare involving massive air, land and sea power. It's simple guerrilla warfare (think Vietnam)...but in crowded cities packed with civilians who look just like the enemy = the most difficult ground fighting IMO.
quote: 3 decades is a large estimation. I wouldn't be supprised to see it surpass within 10 years. The USA has some good tech, but china are incredible at doing big things at a fast pace.
quote: If GPS is global, why do all these other countries need their own systems?
quote: Why does Europe want their own system? If I was a cynic I'd say, "Because they are a bunch of socialist elitists and they envision a USA vs. European political and social rift developing over the next few decades." But that is a pretty big what if. . .
quote: The European system is - by virtue of being newer - FAR superior to the American one, plus it seems crazy to rely on a single system to do something so important.
quote: The US GPS system is also getting a bit dated.