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Beidou M5



The Beidou constellation, also known as Compass, is China's counterpart to the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System, which provides navigation services to military vehicles, precision munitions, civil aviation, personal cars, boats, and search-and-rescue forces. BEIDOU M5 is the 14th Beidou spacecraft in the program.

Alternate Names

  • 38774
  • BiedouM5
  • Compass

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-09-18
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
Launch Site: Xichang, 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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