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Beidou IGSO 5



Beidou IGSO 5, a Chinese navigation satellite, was launched from Xichang on 01 December 2011 at 21:07 UT by a Long March 3A rocket. Beidou IGSO 5 is part of China's Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS). China's navigation system has the capability to provide continuous, real-time passive 3D geo-spatial positioning and speed measurement and will eventually consist of 35 vehicles. The Beidou satellite fleet will provide precise navigation data to China's military and civil government officials. Positioning information with an accuracy of 10 m will be released to the public worldwide. The long-term goal is to develop a global navigation satellite network by 2020.

Alternate Names

  • 37948
  • BeidouIGSO5

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-12-01
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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