China launches 21st Beidou navigation satellite

February 1, 2016  - By
Source: GPS world staff

A Long March-3C carrier rocket carrying the 21st satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System lifts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center,southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Feb. 1, 2016.

China has launched its 21st BeiDou satellite into orbit, according to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China.

The launch took place at 3:29 p.m. Beijing Time (07:29 UTC) on Monday, Feb. 1.

Launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3C carrier rocket into medium Earth orbit (MEO).

A video of the launch appears here. Also, below is amateur video of the launch.

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