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Beidou 3



Beidou 3, also known as Compass G1, is a Chinese navigation satellite intended to form part of an eventual system, also known as Compass, composed of 35 satellites in geostationary and medium altitude orbits. Beidou 3, intended for a geostationary orbit, was launched by a Long March 3C rocket from Xichang at 16:12 UT on 16 January 2010. The Compass system is expected to be operational for Asian-Pacific users by 2012 and to global users by 2020. The positional accuracy for civilian users is expected to be about 10 m.

Alternate Names

  • 36287
  • Beidou3
  • Compass G1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2010-01-16
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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