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Chinese Navigation exhibition opens in Vienna

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Added On June 14, 2019

 The Chinese navigation exhibition, themed "from compass to BeiDou", opens in Vienna on Tuesday, showing how China evolves in navigation technologies.

 
Videos, pictures and physical objects are now on display in the hall of Building C of the Vienna International Centre, and two exhibits will be donated to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs after the exhibition closes on June 21st.
 
The exhibition also features BeiDou, a global satellite navigation system that's independently constructed and operated by China, and compatible with other satellite navigation systems.
 
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Ma Jiaqing, deputy director of the China Satellite Navigation Office said, as the provider of a global satellite navigation system, they would like to show the importance of navigation in the development of society to enhance people's understanding.
 
China began to construct the navigation system, formally known as BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), named after the Chinese term for the Big Dipper constellation, in the 1990s. 
 
It started serving China with its BDS-1 system in 2000 and started serving the Asia-Pacific region with its BDS-2 system in 2012. 
 
China is set to complete the BDS global network by 2020.