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Beidou 3M6

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2018-018B

Description

Named for the Chinese word for the Big Dipper constellation, the Beidou constellation achieved an initial operating capability with coverage over the Asia-Pacific region in 2012. Development of the Beidou program began in 1994.

The first Beidou test satellite launched in 2000. With Monday’s mission, China has launched 29 Beidou navigation payloads into orbit, but not all of them remain operational.

When complete, the Beidou system will join the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System, Russia’s Glonass satellite network, and Europe’s Galileo fleet — which is still being deployed — as the world’s four navigation services with global reach.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2018-02-12
    Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
    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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