China successfully launched two Beidou No. 3 network satellites

Xinhua News Agency, Xichang, January 12 (Li Guoli, Zhu Lianjun) At 7:18 on January 12, China used the Long March 3B carrier rocket (and the expedition No. 1 upper level) at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Successfully launched the twenty-sixth and twenty-seven Beidou navigation satellites in the form of “one arrow and two stars”.

The two satellites belong to the medium-circle earth orbiting satellite and are the third and fourth satellites of the Beidou No. 3 project in China. The launch was the first launch of the Beidou satellite navigation system in 2018, officially kicking off the new high-density launch of the Beidou.

After the satellite is in orbit, it can be serviced externally after testing and network verification. According to the plan, the Beidou satellite navigation system will serve the countries along the “Belt and Road” by the end of 2018.

The Beidou navigation satellite and supporting launch vehicle (and the upper level of Expedition No. 1) launched this time were jointly developed by the Institute of Microsatellite Innovation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

This is the 262th flight of the Long March series of launch vehicles.