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China launches first geostationary BeiDou-3 satellite


China launches first geostationary BeiDou-3 satellite China has launched its first geostationary satellite for the BeiDou constellation, according to press reports. The successful launch of satellite G1Q took place at 15:57 UTC on Nov. 1 from the LC2 Launch Complex of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, using a Long March-3B/G2 (Chang Zheng-3B/G2) launch vehicle. Beidou-3G satellites are the geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) component of the third phase of the Chinese Beidou satellite navigation system. The GEO satellites will be in high orbit, about 36,000 kilometers above the Earth, following the Earth’s rotation to view the same point on Earth continuously.   More



(Source: GPS World magazine - Nov 2)

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