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Beidou 3M16

NSSDCA ID: 2018-078B
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Description

The Beidou satellites began launching in 2000, and China has launched upgraded versions of Beidou spacecraft over the last 18 years. With Monday’s launch, 16 Beidou satellites belonging to the latest, or third, generation are now in orbit.

The Beidou network has provided regional navigation services over the Asia-Pacific since the end of 2012, and China plans to roll out a wider coverage zone stretching over Asia, Europe and most of Africa at the end of this year.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2018-10-15
    Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
    Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China
    Mass: 1060 kg

    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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