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20th Beidou navigation satellite launched by China

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Beijing: China, on Wednesday, launched a new-generation satellite into orbit that will assist its global navigation and positioning network.

Launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the south-western province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, Xinhua news agency reported.

It was the 20th satellite for the Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), and puts China one step closer to providing an alternative to the US-operated GPS.

According to a statement from the centre, for the first time, the satellite featured a hydrogen atomic clock. A series of tests related to the clock and a new navigation-signal system will be undertaken.

Named after the Chinese term for the plough or the Big Dipper constellation, the Beidou project was formally launched in 1994. The first Beidou satellite was not launched until 2000.

China plans to expand the Beidou services to most of the countries covered in its “Belt and Road” initiative by 2018, and offer global coverage by 2020.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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“You worry they are prepositioning against critical infrastructure and trying to be able to do the types of disruptive operations that would be the most concern,” National Security Agency official Rob Joyce said at a Wall Street Journal cybersecurity conference.

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China has repeatedly denied U.S. allegations it conducts cyber attacks.

Joyce’s remarks coincide with U.S. prosecutors preparing to unveil as early as this week a new round of criminal hacking charges against Chinese nationals. They are expected to charge that Chinese hackers were involved in a cyber espionage operation known as “Cloudhopper” targeting technology service providers and their customers, according to people familiar with the matter.

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The U.S. Congress is looking into the allegations of increased Chinese hacking activity.

Senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department are scheduled to testify Wednesday morning at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “China’s Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses.” (VOA)