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China Launches 11th Satellite for BeiDou System
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2012-02-27
XICHANG, Sichuan, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- China successfully launched a satellite into space at 12:12 a.m. Beijing Time Saturday, the 11th one of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network known as BeiDou, or Compass system, the launch center said.

The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan Province, was boosted by a Long March-3C carrier rocket into a geosynchronous orbit.

It was also the 158th launch of the Long March carrier rockets.

The BeiDou system started to provide services on a trial basis on Dec. 27, 2011. The system has been used in transportation, weather forecasting, marine fisheries, hydrological monitoring, and mapping.

China will launch more satellites for the BeiDou network this year to improve the system's coverage and services, according to the launch center.