China launches first geostationary BeiDou-3 satellite

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/11/2 11:45:23

China successfully launched a new BeiDou navigation satellite on Thursday night, marking the first geostationary orbit satellite of the country's home-grown BeiDou-3 satellite.

It is the 41st in the BeiDou navigation system, which was launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket at 11:57 pm on Thursday at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Southwest China's Sichuan Province. 

In addition to providing the RadioNavigation SatelliteSystem, the satellite will provide short messaging services, which can serve 10 million subscribers each hour and satellite based augmentation system. 

With an advanced satellite-based augmentation system, the satellite can also provide low-cost and reliable navigation services to civil aviation clients at home and abroad.

The satellite will be tested once it enters the scheduled orbit and it will work with 16 other Beidou-3 satellites already in orbit.

According to the plan, two medium-Earth orbit satellites will be launched before the end of the year.

A basic system with BeiDou-3 satellites orbiting will be in place by the end of the year to serve countries in the China-proposed Belt and Road initiative, the Xinhua News Agency quoted Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the system, as saying.

The satellite and rocket for Thursday's launch were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, respectively. The launch was the 290th mission of the Long March carrier rocket series. 

Global Times 

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