China launches twin BeiDou-3 satellites

20 September 2018

China successfully sent twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space on a single carrier rocket on Wednesday evening. The twin satellites are the 37th and 38th editions of the BeiDou navigation system. After a series of tests and evaluations, they will work together with 12 BeiDou-3 satellites already in orbit.

The twin satellites will provide danger alerts and navigation services for global users. A basic system with 18 orbiting BeiDou-3 satellites will be in place by the end of the year. That will serve countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.