Beijing, A Chinese satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) lifted off Tuesday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said in a statement that the satellite was sent on a Long March 3B orbital carrier rocket, and is the 46th launched for the Beidou system overall.

China began to construct its navigation system, named after the Chinese term for the Big Dipper constellation, in the 1990s and started serving the Asia-Pacific Region in 2012.

The world's most populous country is planning to send 10 BDS satellites into space this year, as the launches will help complete the BDS global network by 2020.

Source: Jordan News Agency