Beijing, China: China successfully launched its 11th navigation satellite, which joined network of Beidou or Compass navigation system. China started the Beidou project in 2000 with a goal of breaking its dependence on the US-based GPS and creating its own global positioning system by 2020.
The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan Province in China, was boosted by a Long March-3C carrier rocket into space. It was also the 158th launch of the Long March carrier rockets.
Beidou satellites are used in transportation, weather forecasting, marine fisheries, hydrological monitoring and mapping.
China is slated to launch more satellites for the Beidou network this year to improve the system’s coverage and services, according to the launch center.