China has launched a cluster of three small satellites to LEO from Xichang on Long March 2C

by | Sep 29, 2017 | China, Launches, Military space, Satellites, Seradata News

In a low-key mission conducted at 0420 GMT on 29 September, a Chinese Long March-2C (CZ-2C) rocket lifted-off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province. The mission is the first Chinese launch after two previous missions suffered anomalies resulting in the loss of SHIJIAN-18 on the second Long March-5 launch and the under-performance of a Long March-3B/G2 rocket carrying CHINASAT-9A.

This mission carried a cluster of three spacecraft named YAOGAN 30-01/02/03. It is believed that these spacecraft have a military purpose along the lines of the NOSS (Naval Ocean Surveillance System) satellites operated by the US NRO (National Reconnaissance Office).

 

A Long March-2C lifts-off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center carrying three YAOGAN 30-01 satellites. With permission from Xinhua

 

 

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