It is said that on the southeast coast of China, Fujian Province, two deities are often enshrined on fishing boats: Mazu and Big Dipper. The latter has been used by Chinese people to identify directions and seasons. Using the same name, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System is pioneering scientific advancement and human progress while highlighting "Chinese wisdom."
By Sept. 30, 2022, the BDS has been applied 100 billion times for positioning. China's mobile map application software has adopted the BDS rather than the U.S. GPS system. Secured by the BDS, data security and reliability of navigation for Chinese travelers have proceeded to a new level.
The 55 satellites composing the BDS are so far, cruising more than 10 kilometers above the earth while serving people around the clock. As a global navigation satellite system independently built and operated by China, it has proven its crucial role in transportation, agriculture, forestry, fishery, meteorological observation, and disaster relief and mitigation.
Thanks to the marvelous BDS, China's homemade map software amazes users with a range of functions. More surprisingly, the Short-Message Communication function allows smooth communication of a cellphone without the coverage of ground network signals.
Boasting cutting-edge positioning indicators on all counts, the BDS is ranked among the top world-class satellite navigation systems.
The successful global networking of BDS not only marks the ending of the monopoly of U.S. and European navigation satellite systems but also manifests higher independence and security in both military and civil areas.
It is expected that by 2035, China would witness success in the development and networking of the new-generation BDS, along with the excitement of full-fledged space-time architecture.