China launches new Beidou satellite

Added On April 22, 2019

China has sent a new BeiDou satellite into space.
The satellite was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan province Saturday night.
The satellite was carried into orbit on a Long March-3B carrier rocket.
It is the 44th satellite in China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System and the first BDS-3 satellite set in an inclined geosynchronous Earth orbit.
The satellite will work with 18 BDS-3 satellites in intermediate circular orbit and one in geosynchronous Earth orbit.
According to the BeiDou system's chief designer, the hybrid constellation design marks the first time that three groups of satellites in different orbital patterns will work together in concert.
China began to construct its navigation system, named after the Chinese term for the Big Dipper constellation, in the 1990s and started serving the Asia-Pacific Region in 2012.
Around 8 to 10 BDS satellites are scheduled to be launched this year. The BDS-3 system is scheduled to be completed in 2020.