China Cancels Beidou Satellite Launch Citing Technical Problem

The launch pad of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center is seen the day before the Beidou-3 satellite, the last satellite of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System, is set to launch in Sichuan province, China, on June 15, 2020. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

The launch pad of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center is seen the day before the Beidou-3 satellite, the last satellite of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System, is set to launch in Sichuan province, China, on June 15, 2020. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

BEIJING—China indefinitely postponed on Tuesday the launch of the final satellite of its Beidou navigation network because of technical problems in the rocket meant to launch it into orbit.

The official website for the Beidou network said in a statement that problems were detected during pre-launch tests of the Long March-3B booster and that the new launch date would be determined later. It did not offer specifics on the problems or the launch date.

The Beidou-3 satellite was expected to be the 35th and final satellite of the Chinese navigation system—an estimated $10 billion project meant to be Beijings answer to the U.S.-owned Global Positioning System.

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