China launches two Beidou navigation satellites

The Long March-3B rocket carrying two satellites blasts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Sept. 19, 2012. China successfully launched two satellites into space Wednesday morning, the 14th and 15th of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system, the launch center said.

The Long March-3B rocket carrying two satellites blasts off from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Sept. 19, 2012. China successfully launched two satellites into space Wednesday morning, the 14th and 15th of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system, the launch center said.

The Long March-3B rocket carrying two satellites flies from the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Sept. 19, 2012. China successfully launched two satellites into space Wednesday morning, the 14th and 15th of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system, the launch center said.

Xinhua / Jiang Hongjing