China launches last Beidou satellite

The Chinese navigation program Beidou is worth ten billion dollars and comprises 35 satellites. The last one has now been launched into space – and could compete with the US GPS system.

China has completed its satellite-based navigation network „Beidou“. With the launch of the last satellite, the global system was completed. At the head of a Long March 3B rocket, the satellite was launched from the Xichang spaceport in southwest China and reached earth orbit.

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