15 April 2009

China launched the second Compass satellite

Yesterday, April 14th 2009, China launched its second Compass satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launching Centre in southwest Sichuan province. The Chinese press agency Xinhua says that previous reports said China planed to complete its independent global satellite navigation system by launching about 30 more orbiters before 2015, with 10 navigation satellites into the space in 2009 and 2010. The current Compass system only provides regional navigation service within China and neighboring regions.
[In the figure, the launch with a Long March 3C carrier rocket. Credit: Xinhua]