China Places 23rd BeiDou Satellite into Orbit

A Long March-3C carrier rocket carrying the 23rd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) lifts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on June 12, 2016. (Xinhua photo/Yang Zhiyuan)

China launched another BeiDou satellite on Sunday (June 12, 2016, local time) to support its GNSS constellation.

The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, was taken into orbit by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It is the 23rd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), a new-generation BeiDou-2 spacecraaft, and the seventh geostationary Earth orbit satellite (GEO) in the BeiDou constellation.


China launched another BeiDou satellite on Sunday (June 12, 2016, local time) to support its GNSS constellation.

The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, was taken into orbit by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It is the 23rd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), a new-generation BeiDou-2 spacecraaft, and the seventh geostationary Earth orbit satellite (GEO) in the BeiDou constellation.

In related news, the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China is due to hold a news conference  tomorrow (June 16, 2016) regarding an upcomning release of  a white paper about BDS.

According to China Radio International, a state-run radio service, during the conference, the information Office will be giving further details of the white paper and the BeiDou satellite navigation system.

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