China launches the last satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), a 30-satellite navigation system, from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China''s Sichuan Province. The final satellite is a geostationary earth orbit satellite of the BDS-3 system. This comes 26 years after the construction of the BeiDou-1 officially started in 1994. The first generation of the BeiDou system made China the third country after the U.S. and Russia to have a satellite navigation system. The launch of this last satellite means China will have completed its construction of the global constellation.

在中国西南部的四川省西昌卫星发射中心,北斗导航卫星系统(BDS)的最后一颗卫星发射升空,这是一个拥有30颗卫星的导航系统。最后一颗卫星是北斗三号系统的地球静止轨道卫星。这距离北斗一号于1994年正式开始建造已有26年。第一代北斗系统使中国成为继美国和俄罗斯之后第三个拥有卫星导航系统的国家。这最后一颗卫星的发射意味着中国将完成全球卫星网络的建设。