China launches new BeiDou satellite


China sent another satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 10:41 p.m. Saturday.

Propelled on a Long March-3B carrier rocket, it is the 44th satellite of the BDS satellite family and the principal BDS-3 satellite in slanted geosynchronous Earth circle.

After in-circle tests, the satellite will work with 18 different BDS-3 satellites in a half round circle and one in geosynchronous Earth circle.

Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the BeiDou framework, said that the hybrid star grouping structure, in which three gatherings of satellites at various orbital routines work in the show, was a selective BDS advancement and the world’s first.

It will build the quantity of unmistakable satellites in the Asian-Pacific Region, giving better support of the region, Yang said.

The launch was the 302nd flight mission for the Long March arrangement of transporter rockets, and the 100th for the Long March-3B.

Up until this point, an aggregate of four BeiDou test satellites and 44 BDS satellites have been sent to preset circles by means of 36 flight missions propelled by Long March-3A and Long March-3B bearer rockets.

The launch on Saturday additionally denoted the principal dispatch of the BDS in 2019. This year, around 8-10 BDS satellites are planned to be propelled, wrapping up dispatch missions of all BDS-3 satellites in medium Earth orbit.

China started to develop its navigation system, named after the Chinese expression for the Big Dipper Constellation, during the 1990s and began serving the Asia-Pacific Region in 2012.


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