China launches 8th satellite for global navigation

14:25, April 11, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

A Long March-3A carrier rocket lifts off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province, April 10, 2011. China successfully launched into space a eighth orbiter for its independent satellite navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass System here Saturday. (Xinhua Photo)

China early Sunday morning successfully launched its eighth orbiter which will form part of its indigenous satellite-navigation and -positioning network.

A Long March-3A carrier rocket carrying the "Beidou," or Compass, navigation satellite took off at 4:47 am Sunday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province.

It will join seven other satellites already in orbit to form a network which will eventually consist of more than 30 satellites.

The launching of the satellite marks the establishment of a basic system for the navigation and positioning network, said an unidentified spokesperson for the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

China will launch more satellites within the coming two years to finish a regional network to provide navigation services with high precision and credibility for industries and sectors such as mapping, fishery, transportation, meteorology and telecommunication, in the Asia-Pacific regions, the spokesperson said.

The network is scheduled to be able to provide global services by 2020.


【1】 【2】 【3】


Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
  Weekly review  
 
 
 
     
 
 

(Editor:梁军)

  • Do you have anything to say?
  • China launches 8th satellite for global navigation
  • Israeli military strikes Gaza as rocket attacks persist
  • Children paint doodles in E China
  • Fire breaks out in Cairo as police withdrawal
  • Wozniacki takes Family Circle Cup
  • Wrestling in cherry-tomato pool
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90783/91300/7346303.pdf