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Beidou 1A



Beidou ("Big Dipper") was a Chinese (PRC) test model of a navigational system satellite that was launched by a Long March 3A rocket from Xichang launch center in south-west China at 16:30 UT (00:02 Beijing Time). When completed, the Beidou Navigational System (BNS) will help to locate and navigate highway, railway, and oceanic transportation.

Alternate Names

  • 26599
  • Beidou 1
  • Beidou1A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-10-30
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3A
Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China

Funding Agency

  • China National Space Administration (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Navigation/Global Positioning

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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