China sends 2 BeiDou satellites into orbit

Added On February 14, 2018

China sent two satellites into orbit on a single carrier rocket on Monday. They are set to join the country's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System.
The twin satellites were the fifth and sixth satellites in the BeiDou-3 family. 
They were launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, before reaching orbit some three hours later.
China is scheduled to send 18 BeiDou-3 satellites with Long March-3A rockets towards the end of 2018.
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the satellite center ahead of the launch on Saturday and extended his New Year's greetings to all servicemen.