november, 2017

05nov11:40Long March 3B • Beidou-3 (M1 & M2)

Event Details

Launch Date: November 5, 2017
Launch Window: ~11:40 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B / YZ-1
Launch Operator: CALT
Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center
Payload: Beidou-3M1
Satellite Type: Navigation


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 second dual-launch in support of the Beidou-3 MEO generation.


Mission Resources:

🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Long March 3B

🛰 Payload Overview: Beidou-3 Satellite Navigation System

Launch Weather

📍 Launch Site Schedule


(Sunday) 11:40 UTC


Xichang Satellite Launch Center