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China Launches Two Satellites for its Navigation System

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:43 am via: RIA Novosti
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China launched two more satellites into space on Wednesday for its Beidou (Compass) global navigation and positioning network, Xinhua news agency reported.

The satellites, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan at 3:10 a.m. Beijing Time Wednesday, were lifted into space by a Long March-3B carrier rocket and have entered the scheduled orbit.

It is the second successful launch for China this year of two navigation satellites, the 14th and 15th of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network, with one rocket. The previous launch took place in April.

Beidou currently provides navigation services within China and the neighboring regions. After completion, scheduled for 2020, the project would become an equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), Russia’s Glonass, and Europe’s Galileo.

Copyright 2012 RIA Novosti. All rights reserved.

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