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China launches eighth satellite for indigenous global navigation.

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    A Long March-3A carrier rocket lifts off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Apr. 10, 2010. China successfully launched into space a eighth orbiter for its independent satellite navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass System here Saturday. (Xinhua/Luo Xiaoguang)


    XICHANG, Sichuan, April 10 (Xinhua) -- China early Sunday morning successfully launched its eighth orbiter which will form part of its indigenous satellite-navigation and -positioning network.

    A Long March-3A carrier rocket carrying the "Beidou," or Compass, navigation satellite took off at 4:47 a.m. Sunday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

    It will join seven other satellites already in orbit to form a network which will eventually consist of more than 30 satellites.

    The launching of the satellite marks the establishment of a basic system for the navigation and positioning network, said an unidentified spokesperson for the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

    China will launch more satellites within the coming two years to finish a regional network to provide navigation services with high precision and credibility for industries and sectors such as mapping, fishery, transportation, meteorology and telecommunication, in the Asia-Pacific regions, the spokesperson said.

    The network is scheduled to be able to provide global services by 2020.

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