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Beidou I1-S

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2015-019A

Description

The Beidou satellite system includes navigation stations circling Earth in different types of orbits, and Chinese officials did not disclose where in the constellation the Long March rocket released the satellite launched Monday.

The spacecraft — with a launch mass of nearly one ton — is the 17th satellite to launch in China’s operational Beidou system, and it was constructed by a Shanghai-based division of the China Academy of Sciences set up to develop small satellite platforms.

The Beidou network will consist of 35 satellites when complete in 2020. The satellites will be scattered in three types of orbits — geosynchronous orbit over the equator and in inclined orbits circling 22,300 miles and 13,300 miles above Earth.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2015-03-30
    Launch Vehicle: Long March 3C
    Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China

    Funding Agency

    • Unknown Peoples Republic of China

    Discipline

    • 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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