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China launches 21st Beidou navigation satellite

Updated: Feb 1,2016 11:04 PM     Xinhua

A Long March-3C carrier rocket carrying the 21st satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System lifts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Southwest China’s Sichuan province on Feb 1. China launched a new-generation satellite into orbit that will support its global navigation and positioning network at 3:29 pm Beijing Time on Feb 1.[Photo/Xinhua]

XICHANG, Sichuan province — China launched a new-generation satellite into orbit that will support its global navigation and positioning network at 3:29 pm Beijing Time Feb 1.

Launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It is the 21st satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, putting China one step closer to providing an alternative to the US-operated GPS.

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