China has successfully launched the final satellite for its Beidou navigation system Global Positioning System.
China successfully launched the final member in its Beidou satellite constellation Tuesday (June 23) completing a new global navigation system decades in the making.
A Long March 3B rocket launched the final Beidou Navigation Satellite (BDS) into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China. Liftoff occurred at 9:43 a.m. Beijing time (9:43 p.m. EDT June 22 or 0143 GMT on Tuesday) after a weeklong delay due to a technical problemwith the rocket.
China waits to announce launches until a satellite successfully deploys in orbit. But in a rare turn, the Beidou satellite’s launch was announced in advance and broadcast live on TV and online, with an English translation available on state service provider CCTV, which normally provides video clips after successful launches.