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China Launches 21st Beidou Navigation Satellite
SOURCE: China Space News     UPDATED: 2016-02-02

BEIJING, Feb. 2 (China Space News) —  China launched a new-generation satellite into orbit that will support its global navigation and positioning network at 3:29 p.m. Beijing Time Monday.

Launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It is the 21st satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, putting China one step closer to providing an alternative to the U.S.-operated GPS.