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China delays the launching of Beidou international navigation satellite

China will have no options but to wait for the finishing of the anticipated system upgrade of its global navigation satellite.

Xinhua, a state media service of China, reported that the last Beidou Navigation Satellite-3 (BDS-3) launch, set for Beijing time on Tuesday, June 16, was postponed following technical issues with the spacecraft.

Xinhua reported on Tuesday Beijing time (8:15) p.m. that the Long March-3B shipper rocket set to be used in launching the BDS-3 satellite was discovered to be having technical issues during the pre-launch experiments. Xinhua added that the launch lastly scheduled for a Tuesday launch was to be delayed, and the new send-off time is yet to be decided.

China distinctively makes launch reports after the satellite positions effectively in orbit. This point in time, however, an English show was announced for the state service giver CCTV that usually provides video clips following successful launches.

The final BDS-3 satellite was expected to send off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, situated in the Southwestern province of Sichuan. The sources of Chinese news lastly stated that locating an appropriate date of the launch had been hard due to the high rainy season, prone to causing defying launch conditions as rampant weather changes are experienced in the region.

Xinhua disclosed in another statement from May that the BDS system upgrades started in the year 2009. After its completion, BDS-3 is supposed to consist of 30 satellites for applications varying from high-precision stationing to short messages form of communications.

Global Times of China stated in a report that in comparison to the older generation of BDS-2, BDS-3 satellites have an advanced bandwidth, enabling superior communication capacity and bearing more accurate atomic clocks to enhance the timing precision and steering services. BDS-3 has been operating since the year 2018. However, the recent launch supposed to improve signal strength and coverage for customers all over the world. 

Satellites of navigation, just like the ones in BDS-3, operate by passing on a signal that is received by receivers in smartphones and other gadgets enabled with Global Positioning System (GPS). The satellite signals incorporate information like the sent time of the message and also the orbital position of the satellite. Navigation can continue after the user has received precise information from four satellites. 

China’s postponing in completing the BDS-3 network emerges as the United States of America encounters challenges in initiating new satellites to renew its GPS navigational network.

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