China sends 2 more BeiDou-3 satellites
- February 14, 2018
China launched two BeiDou-3 satellites on Monday, Feb. 12.
The launch took place at 05:03 UTC from the LC2 Launch Complex of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province. It took over four hours to complete the mission.
BeiDou-3 M3 and BeiDou-3 M4 are based on a newly-developed dedicated satellite bus and weigh about one metric ton a piece.
The BeiDou project was formally launched in 1994. It began to serve China in 2000 and the Asia-Pacific region at the end of 2012. By around 2020, when the BDS goes global, it will have more than 30 satellites.