12 February 2018
China sent two navigation satellites into orbit on a single carrier rocket for its domestic BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) on 12 February. The twin satellites, which form a network with four previously launched BeiDou-3 satellites, were the fifth and sixth satellites in the BeiDou-3 family. They entered orbit more than three hours after the launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. All of the BeiDou satellites were launched from Xichang and all of the missions were successful, said Dong Chongqing, Party secretary of the launch center.
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