China launched a group of new remote sensing satellites on Tuesday to their designated orbits from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest Chinas Sichuan Province.
The Chinese National Space Administration said – in a statement today – that the satellite group was launched at 11:43 am (Beijing) on board the Long March-2C carrier rocket, noting that the satellites entered the planned orbits and will be used to detect Electromagnetic environment and related technological tests.
On March 10, China launched a new satellite for the Beidou Navigation System, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest Chinas Sichuan Province, and the China Academy of Space Technology (Cast) and the Chinese Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology – in a joint statement – stated that the 54th satellite of The “Beidou” family was launched yesterday evening into its fixed orbit, aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket, and that China has become with this launch one step away from completing the entire global navigation system.
China began building its navigation system, named after the Chinese term for the Big Dipper constellation, in the 1990s, and began providing service in the Asia Pacific region in 2012.
The satellite that was launched is the second of its kind in the geostationary orbit of the system “BDS-3”, and it is expected to launch the last satellite in this system next May.
Chen Zhonggui, chief designer of the BDS-3 satellite at the China Academy of Space Technology, said that the new satellite has more functions and signals, as it is larger and longer-lived among all satellites in this category .. indicating that the moon has been equipped Industrial navigation and communication functions, and the accuracy of dynamic positioning can reach the decimeter level.