China launches twin Beidou Navigation Satellites, inch closer to rival GPS
China is planning to provide navigation services with the BDS-3 to countries participating in the belt and road initiative by the end of this year.
The system will provide first-class navigation services around the World by the end of 2020
The Satellites entered a medium earth orbit more than three hours later and will work with 17 other BDS-3 Satellites already in space.
They are the 42nd and 43rd Satellites of the BDS Satellite Family.
With the successful launch, the basic BDS constellation deployment is complete.