China launches twin navigation satellites into space

China has sent twin satellites into space with a single carrier rocket, adding two more members to its domestic BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS). The launch, which took place at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern Sichuan Province on Friday, was the 269th mission for the Long March carrier rocket family. The twin satellites are coded as the 30th and 31st satellites in the BDS. They will work together with six others already in orbit once they pass a series of tests. The BeiDou system started providing independent services over China in 2000 and will serve countries along the Belt and Road route by the end of 2018.

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(Source: CGTN,