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China launches next-generation navigation satellite
Posted: Thu, Apr 2 9:14 AM ET (1314 GMT)
Long March 3C launch of Beidou satellite, March 2015 (Xinhua) A Chinese Long March rocket placed a next-generation navigation satellite into orbit on Monday. The Long March 3C rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 9:52 am EDT (1352 GMT, 9:52 pm Beijing time) Monday carrying a new Beidou navigation satellite. Chinese officials said the satellite is the first in a new generation of navigation satellites, featuring new signals and intersatellite links, as China expands its Beidou system from a regional to a global system. The launch also featured the use of a new upper stage on the Long March.


China launches weather satellite
Posted: Wed, Dec 31 7:12 AM ET (1212 GMT)
Long March 3A launch of FY-2G (Xinhua) A Long March rocket placed a Chinese weather satellite into orbit on Wednesday in the final scheduled launch of 2014. The Long March 3A rocket lifted off from the Xichnag Satellite Launch Center at 8:02 pm EST Tuesday (0102 GMT, 9:02 am Beijing time Wednesday) and placed the Fengyun-2G satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The satellite will provide images and other meteorological data from geosynchronous orbit. Worldwide, the launch is the 92nd and final planned orbital launch of 2014, the most launches in a single year since 93 took place in 1994.





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