On 1 November 2018, at 1557 GMT, a Long March 3B/G2 rocket lifted-off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center dropping the BEIDOU-3G1Q satellite off in Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), where from the satellite will complete the journey to GEO itself. This launch is the second BEIDOU launch of the year to GEO however, there have now been 1o launches for the BEIDOU constellation in total so far in 2018.

BEIDOU, or COMPASS, is the name of the indigenous Chinese Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) constellation – comparable to the GPS, GALILEO and GLONASS systems operated by the USA, Europe and Russia respectively.

The Long March 3B/G2 rocket lifts-off from Xichang carrying the BEIDOU satellite. Courtesy of YouTube