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Subject: China Launches Nav Satellite
Softwar    4/15/2009 9:02:17 AM
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20090415/tc_afp/chinaspacesatellite_20090415075711 China launched a navigational satellite, the nation's space administration reported, the second in a series of up to 30 orbiters to comprise a global positioning network. The launch of the COMPASS satellite took place just after midnight from the Xichang Satellite Launching Centre in southwest Sichuan province, the China National Space Administration said on its website. The satellite is one of up to 30 that China will put in orbit by 2015 to form the Beidou Navigation System, a global positioning system (GPS) completely developed by Chinese technology, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
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Herald12345    IRBM targeting system.   4/15/2009 9:40:37 AM
That is very interesting. Note the completion date. I now think we are in a foot race.
 
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Softwar       4/15/2009 10:18:35 AM
I'll try to get some more details - e.g. inclination and apogee/perigee.
 
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Softwar       4/15/2009 10:55:49 AM

The constellation of satellites will consist of approximately 30 vehicles, including 27 MEO satellites, with nine satellites for each orbit plane - and four GSO satellites (58.75 degrees E, 80 degrees E, 110.5 degrees E, and 140 degrees E). The BeiDou-2 was developed from the DFH-3 satellite platform and has a lifespan of 8 years.

inclined at 20.54°. Catalog number 34779  35850km x 209km

 
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Herald12345    That is biased for West pacific coverage and is a warfighting system.   4/15/2009 11:03:00 AM
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