Long March 3B flies out of Xichang carrying Beidou navsat to orbit

by | Mar 10, 2020 | China, Launches, Military space, Satellites

A Long March 3B/G3 (CZ-3B/G3) rocket successfully lifted off from its launch pad at the Xichang launch site in China at 1155 GMT on 10 March 2020. Aboard was a Beidou navigation satellite for the constellation that its the Chinese equivalent of GPS.  The Beidou-3 G2Q satellite will use its own propulsion to stabilise itself into its a GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit) orbital position.

Long March 3B/G3 launches Beidou-3 G2Q from Xichang. Courtesy: Xinhua

The Beidou constellation hasmost of its thirty satellite complement in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), however, three satellites located in highly inclined geosynchronous orbit, along with three located in a full geostationary orbital positions.  This satellite was one of these.

 

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