China successfully launched from the Xichang Satellite fourth Beidou (Photos)
SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 at 23:53, at the Xichang China Satellite Launch Center in the “Long March III C” carrier rocket, the success of the fourth Beidou navigation satellite into space orbit
” Long March III C ” launch vehicle, carrying the fourth Beidou navigation satellite into space orbit Xichang
BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua Tang Zhenyu Sun from France) 2 night Beijing time 23:53, China Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the “Long March III C “carrier rocket, the success of the fourth Beidou navigation satellite into space orbit, marking the Compass satellite navigation system has taken an important step in network construction.
China’s satellite navigation system, the person in charge of special management office, said the Chinese Compass satellite navigation system (abbreviation COMPASS, Chinese transliteration of the name BeiDou), is in accordance with “three-step” development strategy steadily –
first step has been achieved, from 2000 to 2003, China successfully launched three Compass navigation test satellite, the Compass test to establish a sound system, after the United States and Russia has the world’s first three self- National satellite navigation system; the second step in 2012, Compass satellite navigation system covering the Asia Pacific region will be the first to provide positioning, navigation, timing and short-message communication service capabilities; the third step in 2020, built by the five geostationary orbit satellites and 30 non-geostationary orbit satellites for global coverage of the Compass satellite navigation system.
satellite navigation system is an important space infrastructure, can be widely used in economic and social fields. Currently, the Chinese Compass satellite navigation system has been successfully used in mapping, telecommunications, water conservancy, fishery, transportation, forest fire prevention, disaster relief and national security and other areas, resulting in significant economic and social benefits, especially in Sichuan, Yushu in Qinghai Province earthquake relief to play a very important role.
fourth Beidou navigation satellite and its launch vehicle, “Long March III C”, respectively, by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation China Academy of Space Technology and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology research and development, this satellite launch China’s “Long March” carrier rockets of the 124th space flight.
Photos: China successfully launched at the Xichang Satellite fourth Beidou