23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite Successfully Launched by China [ Current Affairs ]

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A 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite has been successfully launched by China to support its global navigation and positioning network it was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on board of Long March-3C carrier rocket.

  • In the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System It is the 23rd satellite, which is developed as an alternative to GPS (Global Positioning System) of US.
  • With this china has launched 229th the Long March carrier rocket.
  • After ingoing its designed work orbit and finishing in-orbit testing 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite, will join others satellite of the system which are already in orbit.
  • This satellite will be very helpful to develop the stability of the BeiDou Navigation system to offer global coverage.

About BeiDou Navigation System (BNS)

  • BNS is 2nd generation of the Chinese navigational system which competes with the US’s Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • The system includes total 35 satellites in two discrete satellite constellations
  1. Limited test system (operational since 2000)
  2. A full-scale global navigation system which is currently under construction.
  • In December 2011 operational of BNS started in China with the assemblage of 10 satellites of the system.
  • The system initiated offering services to customers in the Asia-Pacific region in December 2012.
  • The system will provide services to global customers on its completion in 2020.
  • The navigation system becomes an equal of the US Global Positioning System, Europe’s Galileo and Russia’s Glonass after completion.
  • Applications:
  1. Civilian services: Navigation, messaging, transportation and weather forecasting sectors.
  2. Military applications: Confirm privacy for its military communications and missile launches by dropping the requirement on US operated GPS.

- Published on: June 13, 2016