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The 45th BeiDou satellite starts operation in network
SOURCE: CASC     UPDATED: 2020-05-27

The 45th satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has started operation in the network after completing in-orbit tests, according to the Satellite Navigation System Management Office.

The satellite will provide services in place of the 3rd BeiDou satellite, a geostationary earth orbit satellite of the BDS-2 system. The replacement will help reinforce the BDS-2 system and support a smooth transition from the BDS-2 system to the BDS-3 system. The third satellite will stay in orbit after the replacement.

The third and the 45th satellite were launched at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Jan. 17, 2010 and May 17, 2019, respectively. Both were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology under the CASC.