• China successfully launched a high orbit satellite BeiDou-3 to boost BeiDou global satellite navigation system being built to rival United States Global Position System (GPS).
• The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern Sichuan Province.
• It is the first BeiDou-3 satellite in high orbit, about 36000 km above the Earth.
• In a geostationary orbit, following the Earth's rotation, it will view the same point on Earth continuously.
• The satellite is meant to serve countries in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
• It will be the fourth global satellite navigation system after the US GPS system, Russia's GLONASS and the European Union's Galileo.
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