20th satellite launch from China for BeiDou Navigation system [ Current Affairs ]
About BeiDou Navigation System: It is a Chinese satellite navigation system competing to US’s Global Positioning System (GPS). It is operated by China National Space Administration. It became operational in China in December 2011 with 10 constellations.
- In December 2012, the system began offering services to customers in the Asia - Pacific region.
- The system consists of 2 separate satellite constellations: A limited test system and a Full scale global navigation system with 35 satellites.
- It is useful for civilian services in field of navigation, messaging, transportation and weather forecasting areas.
- It also has military applications as it will guarantee privacy for its military communications and missile launches by reducing the dependence on US operated GPS.
About the 20th New Satellite:
- This satellite has been built with a Hydrogen Atomic Clock which provides exact time and frequency values compared to primary values of international time distribution services.
About the launch:
- China has successfully launched 20th new generation satellite into space for BeiDou Navigation System (BDS).
- It was launched using Long March - 3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the south - western area of Sichuan.
- Published on: October 1, 2015