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Dong Fang Hong 56

Also called Beidou 1C


Designation 27813 / 03021A
Launch date 24 May 2003
Country of origin China
Mission Navigation
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Long March 3A #68

See DFH 51 for possible specifications.


Begin End Position
L: 24 May 2003 Jun 2012 110.5°E

End of life

Out of service Jun 2012
Cause moved above GEO

Some sources claim the satellite serves in reality to improve the accuracy of the GPS.

Next satellite should be of the second generation, in one of the following slots: 58.75, 80, 110.5 and 140°E

The beidou program could develop with upto 30 MEO satellites and 5 GEO satellites. Has a civilian and a military signal.

External resources

sat-index articles

Technical data


Prime contractor CAST
Platform DFH3
Mass at launch 2200 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power 1700 W
Design lifetime  

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