The fifth ('di wu ke') Beidou Daohang Weixing (North Star Navigation Satellite) was launched from Xichang on Jul 30??, 2010
by a CZ-3A rocket. It is the first Beidou targeted for an inclined geosynchronous orbit. The CZ-3A was launched on an azimuth of
around 140 deg, not used previously from Xichang, and entered a circa 190 x 400? km x 55 deg parking orbit about ten minutes after
launch. The third stage then restarted after a brief 4 minute coast, to enter a 189 x 35850 km x 55.1 deg transfer orbit. BDW5
used its onboard engine to circularize its path on Aug 2; by Aug 4 it was in a 35652 x 35959 km x 55.1 deg orbit.