Launch Date: February 12, 2018 Launch Window: ~05:12 UTC Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B / YZ-1 Launch Operator: CALT Launch Site: LC2, Xichang Satellite Launch Center Payload: Beidou-3 MEO-3 Beidou-3 MEO-4 Satellite Type: Navigation A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng-1
|Launch Date:||February 12, 2018|
|Launch Window:||~05:12 UTC|
|Launch Vehicle:||Long March 3B / YZ-1|
|Launch Site:||LC2, 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 fourth dual-launch in support of the Beidou-3 MEO generation, involving two CAST-built satellites. It is the second Beidou-3 mission in 2018, expected to become the constellation’s busiest year to date with up to 18 Beidou satellites headed into orbit to bring the constellation to initial operational strength.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Long March 3B
🛰 Payload Overview: Beidou-3 Satellite Navigation System