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Long March 3C | Beidou-2 G8

Launch Time
Fri May 17, 2019 15:48 UTC

Launch Vehicle

Long March 3C
Status: Active
Liftoff Thrust: 8,910 kN
Payload to GTO: 8,600 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 55.64 m
Fairing Diameter: 4.2 m
Fairing Height: 9.78 m


Beidou-2 G8

BeiDou-2 (formerly known as COMPASS) is a constellation of navigation satellites. It is not an extension to the older BeiDou-1, but rather supersedes it outright. The new system will be a constellation of 35 satellites, which include 5 geostationary orbit satellites for backward compatibility with BeiDou-1, and 30 non-geostationary satellites (27 in medium Earth orbit and 3 in inclined geosynchronous orbit), that will offer complete coverage of the globe.
Payloads: 1
Geostationary Transfer Orbit