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BeiDou constellation reaches fruition to fuel Chinese global ambitions

25th June 2020 - 01:30 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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China launched its final BeiDou (Compass) satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on the morning of 23 June. This completes the country’s global coverage for its dual-use navigation and timing system.

The satellite was lofted into geostationary orbit by a Long March 3B rocket. The original launch scheduled for 16 June had been delayed because of technical difficulties.

China rolled out BeiDou, a counterpart to the American GPS network, in three phases, with 55 satellites launched to date. The first BDS-1 phase possessed just two geosynchronous satellites (plus spares) and provided a limited active location service within China

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Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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