disha wrote: No. I was just being sarcastic. Even though chinese would want the general use of Beidou-2 in the asia-pacific., specific countries will definitely have reservations using chinese gps.
I noticed the sarcasm disha... but look at the picture here: you have more than 4000 posts and i have less than 20! So I felt it was my moral obligation and utmost duty to answer to it (m still a trainee, right!).
Answering to this quote, keeping the matter of south china sea aside, why would any country have reservations using BDS (beidou... one thing i like about them: they cannot stick to one name!)? navigation is purely a civilian issue and of great importance in today's world... Stating some figures here, china has generated over 31 billion dollars in revenue using BDS since its inception in 2003.
Yes I am aware of Beidou-2 and in general I am skeptical of any Chinese space endeavors. Including their plan to offer a competitive GPS coverage for the whole world.
Okay, they do a lot of reverse engineering but I believe they have a strong space policy. heck.. they are far ahead of our country in both vision and achieving goals. We must accept here that China is moving towards world supremacy and they understand the importance of a strong space programme!
Of course it will help more if it is at MEO. Of course caching it as India-Africa relationship is a good thing., but it will provide more commercial opportunities.
India must consider both Indo-China and Africa as its extended backyard with footprints in Oceania.
ummm.. why MEO? Africa lies between 40 degree N to 40 degree S which can easily be covered by GEO and so will Oceania... plus the added benefit of whole day coverage. MEO is more logical for far North and far South latitudes.
So to Tripathi'jis point., even if a baki uses civilian GPS, Glonass and Beidou to get millitary level accuracy, they will run into vast 'holes' in the coverage because of strategic jammers at critical areas.
So children, that is why India created a baby called IRNSS!