10 July 2018
China sent a new Beidou navigation satellite into orbit on a Long March-3A rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in the southwestern Sichuan Province, on 10 July at 4:58 a.m. local time. The satellite is the 32nd of the Beidou navigation system, and one of the Beidou-2 family, which is the second generation of the system. "The launch of a backup Beidou-2 satellite will ensure the system's continuous and stable operation," said Yang Hui, Chief Designer of the Beidou-2 series. This new backup is not a simple repeat of previous satellites, but has been upgraded to improve its reliability, he said.
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