China Launches Orbiter for Global Navigation System

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China launched the eighth orbiter into space on Sunday as part of its positioning network and indigenous satellite navigation. A LM-3A carrier rocket equipped with the Beidou (campus), the navigation satellite was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest province of Sichuan at 4.47 am, according to Xinhua. It will now join seven other orbiters already in satellite to establish a network that will ultimately consist of more than 30 orbiters. The network is expected to be in a position to provide universal services by the year 2020.