China completes BeiDou-3 worldwide navigation constellation

June 22, 2020  - By
BeiDou constellation. (Image: BeiDou program)

BeiDou constellation. (Image: BeiDou program)

China completed its worldwide BeiDou navigation satellite system with the launch of its final satellite on June 23, according to China Global Television Network.

The satellite launched aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 9:43 a.m. Beijing time (0143 GMT) on Tuesday, marking the completion of the country’s domestically developed BeiDou constellation.

The launch followed a delay of after originally being scheduled for July 16 because of a technical issue discovered in pre-flight tests.

The final satellite is a geostationary earth orbit satellite of the BDS-3 system. It is the 30th BDS-3 satellite and the 55th BeiDou satellite. BDS-3 is a a 30-satellite navigation system.

BDS-3 offers high-precision positioning and short message communication.

Begun in 1994, BDS-1 was completed in 2000 to provide services to China. In 02012, BDS-2 was finished, and has provided navigation service to the Asia-Pacific region. Once the final satellite achieves orbit and is checked out successfully, BDS-3 will provide navigation services worldwide.

Screenshot: China Global Television Network

Screenshot: China Global Television Network

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