China launches twin Beidou Navigation Satellites, inch closer to rival GPS

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China launches twin Beidou Navigation Satellites, inch closer to rival GPS

BEIJING - China has launched Twin Beidou Navigation Satellites from the Xichang Satellite launch center in Southwest China.

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.