China launches twin navigation satellites against rival US GPS system

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China launches twin navigation satellites against rival US GPS system

BEIJING - China successfully launched twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space on Monday to strengthen its satellite navigation network being built to rival the US' Global Positioning System (GPS).

The satellites were launched from a Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province.

The satellites entered their planned orbit after flying for over three hours, and will work with the 14 BeiDou-3 satellites already in orbit.

The satellites are the 39th and 40th of the BeiDou navigation system, and the 15th and 16th of the BeiDou-3 family.