China is planning to strengthen its navigation system to provide better accuracy to its military drones and munitions. Following this, Chin has launched two BeiDou-3 satellites by a single carrier rocket, a Long March-3B. These two satellites of China were launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in the Southwestern province of Sichuan on Sunday.
These two BeiDou-3 satellites will enhance China’s global navigation and network positioning. The BeiDou project was officially initiated by China in 1994 which is named after the Chinese Big dipper constellation. The project started fountaining in 2000 and first started to serve China, and then in 2012, and it expanded its service to the Asia-Pacific region. The launch was the third phase of the BeiDou Navigation System.
As per the report, China is planning to launch more than 30 satellites and to make global satellite system more efficient and accurate by 2020. If China can do so, it will be the third country to have its navigation system. Other two countries are the US and Russia. As per the information, the newly launched BeiDou-3 satellites will send better compatible signals that its previous satellite. It also will give Satellite bases augmentation and also give vital information regarding search and rescue with international standards.
Informing more about this launch Deputy Chief Designer of the Long March-3A rocket, Ye Chengmin said, “Launches featuring two or more satellites on a single carrier rocket will be conducted regularly.” Head of the Human Resources department of the center, Lin Yuna informed, till now the BeiDou satellites were launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
Chief designer of the BeiDuo system said: “New technology has significantly improved the performance of the BeiDou-3, with the signal accuracy in space higher than half a meter while its positioning accuracy has reached 2.5 to five meters.”
It may be noted that China Academy of Space Technology and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology has developed the BeiDou-3 Satellite and the carrier of this satellite.