Second heaviest satellite launched by Chinese Ministry Of National Defense into space at 4,200 kg
A military and government satellite, Beidou 3 IGSO-3 is operated by Chinese Ministry of National Defense of China for the purpose of navigation and global positioning.
Constructed by Space Technology Research Institute (part of CASC) (China), it was launched into space on 5 November 2019 using Long March 3B as the launch vehicle from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Beidou 3 IGSO-3 orbits around the Earth as a GEO satellite.
With a launch mass of 4,200kg, Beidou 3 IGSO-3 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 8 years. It orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2019-073A and NORAD ID 44709.
Taking 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth, 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. The eccentricity of the orbit is 2.55E-03.
Beidou 3 IGSO-3 orbits along the longitude of 107 degrees at an inclination of 58 degrees.