China launches high-orbit BeiDou-3 satellite

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Added On November 3, 2018

China has launched another BeiDou-3 satellite,a step closer to the completion of its home-grown global satellite navigation system.
 
The satellite blasted off at 11:57 p.m. on Thursday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan Province.
 
Launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket, it is the 41st of the BeiDou navigation system, and will work with 16 other Beidou-3 satellites already in orbit.
 
It is also the first BeiDou-3 satellite in high orbit, about 36,000 km above the Earth. 
 
According to the chief designer of the system, a basic system with BeiDou-3 satellites orbiting will be in place by the end of the year, which will serve countries along the Belt and Road.