Space Technology Research Institute (part of CASC)
China Defense Ministery
Mass at launch
2300 kg (2230? kg)
Box + 2 panels
1.70 high 18.10 span
> million years (Operational)
GSO, 55° incl.?
Part of Compass constellation.
A Beidou navigation satellite was launched on Apr 9, 2011.
The Chinese defense ministry referred to it as 'di ba ke beidou daohang weixing'
(Beidou Navigation Satellite 8) while the CALT launch organization
called it 'beidou er hai weixing' (Beidou 2 satellite). JSR refer
to it as BDW 8 (Beidou Daohang Weixing 8), a satellite in the Beidou-2
series (i.e. 2nd generation). The satellite was injected into
a 192 x 34892 km x 55.1 deg transfer orbit and then
entered an inclined geosynchronous orbit of 35694 x 35870 km x 55.3 deg
at 2048 UTC on Apr 13.