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China To Launch 5-6 Compass Satellites Next Year
BEIJING — China plans to launch five or six satellites for its Compass navigation constellation in 2012, as it moves toward offering an initial service in some of its own territory this year.
With eight Compass satellites already in orbit and two or three more to come this year, the system should have at least 15 spacecraft by the end of 2012. It is supposed to have 35 when complete.
The ground system has been completely installed, tested and found to be fully functional, says the PLA Daily, the official Chinese military newspaper.