China successfully launches 49th Beidou satellite

  • Tuesday 05, November 2019 11:16 AM
  • China successfully launches 49th Beidou satellite
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: China successfully launched the 49th satellite of its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space at 01:43 on Tuesday, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket, it is the 49th satellite of the BDS satellite family and the 24th satellite of the BDS-3 system, a global geolocation network.

The satellite is the last one of BDS-3's three earth-orbiting satellites. More than 300 research units and tens of thousands of personnel worked hard in the past two years to complete 16 satellite launch missions, successfully sending 24 BDS-3 satellites and two BeiDou-2 backup satellites into the scheduled orbit.

Meanwhile, China is planning to complete the BDS global network by 2020, which means six more BeiDou-3 satellites will be launched.

The new satellites and the carrier rocket - Long March-3B were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

Tuesday's launch was the 317th mission for China's Long March series carrier rockets.