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Final Beidou-3 satellite reaches operational orbit, China’s launch sites gear up for July missions

30 Jun 2020, 11:37 UTC
Final Beidou-3 satellite reaches operational orbit, China’s launch sites gear up for July missions
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HELSINKI — China’s final Beidou-3 satellite has reached its intended geostationary orbit and passed systems checks, a week after launch from Xichang.
The satellite’s frequency synthesizers, atomic clock, navigation processors and inter-satellite payloads and other systems are working normally, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation stated in a June 30 release.
The Beidou-3 GEO-3 satellite reached an altitude of around 35,786 kilometers above the Earth following five orbital maneuvers. It will orbit fixed over 110.5 degrees East.
“Judging from the fixed-position capture that we had just completed, currently, the satellite orbit control is accurate with various parameters normal,” Liu Yuxiang, an engineer at the Xi’an Satellite Control Center, told state media.
“We will test the satellite platform and the inter-satellite links system in about a week, and the satellite will be officially connected to the network to provide services after each of its subsystems is fully checked”.
Launch took place June 22 and the satellite could enter into operation late July according to CASC. The satellite will complete China’s Beidou-3 system for providing global positioning, navigation and timing services.
As well as PNT services the Beidou system offers short message communication through its satellites placed in geosynchronous ...

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