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Beidou-MEO
Beidou IGS 1
Beidou IGS 1
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Satellites built for the 12-hour, 55 deg inclination MEO portion of the constellation.

Status: Operational 2007. First Launch: 2007-04-12. Last Launch: 2012-09-18. Number: 5 . Gross mass: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb).

27 MEO (medium-earth orbit satellites), deployed in three planes, in 21,500 km altitude orbits inclined at 55 degrees to the equator. The first test satellite was launched in April 2011. Four were to be deployed by 2012 to provide the first regional coverage for the system, and all 27 by 2020, to provide global coverage.


More at: BD-2M.

Family: Navigation. Country: China. Launch Vehicles: Chang Zheng 3A, Chang Zheng 3BE. Launch Sites: Xichang LC2. Bibliography: 12154.

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