In a bid to support its global navigation and positioning network, China has successfully launched its 23rd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space. China is building its global navigation and positioning network to rival US’ Global Positioning System. The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on Sunday.
A Long March-3C carrier rocket put the satellite into orbit. For the Long March carrier rocket, it was the 229th launch. China is developing the BDS satellite system as an alternative to America’s Global Positioning System (GPS).
After entering its designed work orbit, the satellite will finish in-orbit testing. It will then join 22 others that are already in orbit. It will improve the stability of the system, preparing for BDS to offer global coverage.