LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Wed Dec 20 2000
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Beidou Daohang Shiyan Wei. 2

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

December 20, 2000 at 11:20 AM EST

(December 20, 2000 at 4:20 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

December 20, 2000 at 11:20 AM EST

(December 20, 2000 at 4:20 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

December 20, 2000 at 11:20 AM EST

(December 20, 2000 at 4:20 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Navigation
    • The BD 1 (Beidou 1) satellites were the 1st phase of the chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system. The first phase uses only geostationary satellites, in contrast to GPS and GLONASS. This reduces the number of satellites, but limits the coverage to a less than hemispherical area. The basic constellation requires 3 satellites. The satellites are based on the DFH-3 Bus.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

    Pad

    Launch Complex 2 (LC-2)