China plans to add three more satellites for its Compass positioning system this year, following the successful launch of two by a single Long March 3B rocket on April 30. These launches will contribute to a service covering part of Asia this year, with the objective of completing the 30-satellite system “around” 2020, says the government's China Aerospace Science & Technology Corp. The satellites lofted to orbit this week were the 12th and 13th of the Compass network.

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