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).
more information on the satellites is provided by Rui C. Barbosa on www.nasaspaceflight.com