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China successfully launched the first New-Generation Beidou Navigation Satellite

At Beijing time 21:52, March 30th,China’s first New-Generation Beidou Navigation satellite was successfully launched and sent to orbit by LM-3C rocket, which has the meaning of China’s Beidou Navigation System began to expand from regional to the world.

Beidou Navigation Satellite System is abbreviated as BDS, which is China’s independent constructed, independent operated system. It can be compatible with other GNSS system in the world. It can provide all-time, all-weather PNT services with high accuracy and high reliability for all kinds of users. It also has short-message service capability.

The recently launched Beidou navigation satellite is China’s 17th Beidou satellite. It will carry out new type of navigation signal system validation and inter-satellite link demonstration, which build technology basis for the global service of Beidou navigation system.

Compared with the past launched mission, a new independent spacecraft was added on the carrier vehicle, which named as YZ-1 upper stage. It is named as “The Space Shuttle Buses”, which could send more than one spacecraft into different orbits. This technology was first adopted by China for applying into GEO spacecraft launch mission.

China’s Beidou Navigation Satellite system provided services for China and its surrounding area since the year 2000, and provided services for most part of Asia-Pacific Areas by the end of 2012. BDS has brought huge economic and social benefit in the areas of transportation, fishery, hydrologic monitoring, weather forecast, geodetic survey, intelligent driving test, mobile phone navigation, vehicle navigation and so on.

The newly launched satellite was developed by Shanghai Small satellite engineering center that was established by Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai government. The CZ-3C carrier vehicle was developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). This is the 204th flight of the Long March carrier vehicle.

 (Shoot by Tian Zhaoyun)

 

(Resouces:Xinhua Net, Author: Tian Zhaoyun, Chen Haiqiang )