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Beidou, also known as Compass G2, is a navigation satellite intended to form part of an eventual system, also known as Compass, composed of 30 satellites in geostationary and medium altitude orbits. Compass G2 was placed in geostationary orbit and launched by a Long March 3C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province on 14 April 2009 at 16:16 UT.

Alternate Names

  • 34779
  • Compass G2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2009-04-14
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3C
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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