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China Wants Its Eye in the Sky to See More of the World

By Yu Dawei and Li Rongde
A Long March-3B rocket blasts off carrying two Beidou-3 satellites at 7:45 p.m. Beijing time on Sunday. The satellites are the infrastructure necessary to expand China’s homegrown Beidou global navigation system. Photo: Visual China
A Long March-3B rocket blasts off carrying two Beidou-3 satellites at 7:45 p.m. Beijing time on Sunday. The satellites are the infrastructure necessary to expand China’s homegrown Beidou global navigation system. Photo: Visual China

China has launched two satellites as it pushes to expand the global reach of Beidou, its homegrown rival to U.S.-based navigation service GPS.

A Long March 3B rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province on Sunday carrying the two Beidou-3 satellites. The event marks “a major leap forward” in the development of China’s homegrown navigation system, according to state media.

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