China Launches Eighth Satellite For Indigenous Global Navigation

China early Sunday morning successfully launched its eighth orbiter
which will form part of its indigenous satellite-navigation and
-positioning network.

A Long March-3A carrier rocket carrying the “Beidou,” or Compass,
navigation satellite took off at 4:47 a.m. Sunday from the Xichang
Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

It will join seven other satellites already in orbit to form a network which will eventually consist of more than 30 satellites.

The launching of the satellite marks the establishment of a basic system
for the navigation and positioning network, said an unidentified
spokesperson for the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

China will launch more satellites within the coming two years to finish a
regional network to provide navigation services with high precision and
credibility for industries and sectors such as mapping, fishery,
transportation, meteorology and telecommunication, in the Asia-Pacific
regions, the spokesperson said.

The network is scheduled to be able to provide global services by 2020.