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Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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Remote-Sensing Satellites Made in China Set to go Global

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(Photo : gettyimages) 35 satellites will make up the Beidou navigation system by 2020. The 20th satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was recently launched, putting China one step closer to providing an alternative to the US-operated GPS.

China is planning to work with foreign space agencies and international organizations to set up a remote-sensing satellite network with global coverage by establishing more ground stations overseas. The satellites used for the project will be made in China.

The President of China Great Wall Industry Yin Liming said that the company currently owns a number of headquarter stations in Africa and South America.

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"We want to set up more stations globally, namely on every continent as well as one in the Arctic, to promote the use of Chinese remote-sensing satellites and to speed up the transmission of satellite data," Yin said.

According to him, the initiative will enable China create different valuable data for foreign clients. It will also lead to better social and economic development.

China is set to establish ground request centers as well for its Beidou Navigation Satellite System in several other countries to create better sharing of navigation and positioning information.

Pakistan is reportedly partnering with China for a host of satellite data application programs. This joint effort would help in the development of several industries in both countries.

Yin said the two nations are also cooperating to train space professionals for Pakistan, adding that Pakistan is willing to take part in China's future space activities.

35 satellites will make up the Beidou navigation system by 2020. The 20th satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was recently launched, putting China one step closer to providing an alternative to the US-operated GPS.

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