Launch Date: January 11, 2018 Launch Window: ~23 UTC Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B / YZ-1 Launch Operator: CALT Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center Payload: Beidou-3M7 (TBC) Beidou-3M8 (TBC) Satellite Type: Navigation A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng-1 upper
|Launch Date:||January 11, 2018|
|Launch Window:||~23 UTC|
|Launch Vehicle:||Long March 3B / YZ-1|
|Launch Site:||Xichang Satellite Launch Center|
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng-1 upper stage will lift a pair of Beidou-3 navigation satellites into a 21,500-Kilometer Medium Earth Orbit to join the Compass Navigation Satellite System to support its fully operational capability by the end of the decade. Beidou-3 comprises satellites in Geostationary Orbit, inclined Geosynchronous Orbits and Medium Earth Orbits to provide global coverage and compatibility with China’s previous two navigation system generations.
This is the third dual-launch in support of the Beidou-3 MEO generation, involving two CAS-built satellites. Their designation is not fully clear – media information suggests Beidou-3 M7 and M8 were shipped for this launch (if launched in numerical order, their designation would be M3 & M4).
? Launch Vehicle Overview: Long March 3B
? Payload Overview: Beidou-3 Satellite Navigation System