China launches navigation satellite

Last Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012 - 09:03

Beijing: China Thursday night successfully launched a satellite for its navigation system.

A Long March-3C carrier rocket carried the satellite into space at 11.33 p.m. from Xichang space centre in Sichuan province, Xinhua reported.

It was the 16th satellite for China`s Beidou navigation system that will provide services in the Asia-Pacific region in 2013 and globally by 2020, Xinhua reported.
China started building its own satellite navigation system in 2000 to break its dependence on the US global positioning system.

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First Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 - 09:03

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