Second heaviest satellite launched by Chinese Ministry Of National Defense into space at 4,200 kg
Designed for navigation and global positioning, Beidou 3 IGSO-3 is a military and government satellite operated by Chinese Ministry of National Defense (China).
Delivered via Long March 3B (launch vehicle) from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, it was launched into space on 5 November 2019 and orbits the Earth as a GEO satellite. Beidou 3 IGSO-3 was constructed by Space Technology Research Institute (part of CASC) (China).
Beidou 3 IGSO-3 has a launch mass of 4,200 kg and is expected to have a operational lifetime of 8 years. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2019-073A and NORAD ID 44709.
With an orbital eccentricity of 2.55E-03, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 35,681km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,896km. It takes 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth.
Beidou 3 IGSO-3 orbits along the longitude of 107 degrees at an inclination of 58 degrees.