12 January 2018
China on 12 January sent twin satellites into space on a single carrier rocket to help its BeiDou system provide navigation and positioning services to countries along the Belt and Road by late 2018. The Long March-3B carrier rocket took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan at 7:18 a.m. Beijing Time. The twin satellites are coded as the 26th and 27th satellites in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).
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more information on the satellites is provided by Rui C. Barbosa on www.nasaspaceflight.com