New Chinese Spy Sat?

Posted: August 10, 2010 in Uncategorized
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A Chinese Long March 4C Carries Yaogan Ten Towards Space

A Long March 4C from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center has carried a Chinese remote sensing (code for “spy”) satellite into space.

Spaceflight Now reports that the “remote sensing” will happen via its space-based synthetic aperture radar, useful 27/7 regardless of weather or darkness.  The satellite is in a 380 mile orbit inclined at about 98 degrees with orbital parameters that approximate the Yaogan 1, 3, and 5 vehicles, which were also suspected to possess SAR payloads.

This was the tenth launch in the Yaogan series of satellites which first launched in 2006.  The Yaogan program is under the authority of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation(CASC, see related article), the big dog of the Chinese space program.

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