On 6 May at 1811 GMT, China successfully launched a Long March 2C (CZ-2C) vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, China. The primary payload on the mission was the Yaogan 30-8-A, B, C triplet, these were joined by Tianqi-12 which also hitched a ride to LEO. The three Yaogan 30 satellites are the eighth cluster to be launched under this designation and are assessed to be used for Ocean Surveillance using SIGINT techniques – or “electromagnetic environmental detection” purposes.
The co-payload on the mission, Tianqi-12 satellite will join the Tianqi (known as “Apocalypse” in English) constellation to provide M2M communications services for IoT devices.
Comment by Matt Wilson: It has been reported that the launch time for this mission is similar to that of the Yaogan 30-01 triplet orbited in 2017. This suggests that this mission is possibly intended to replace these older units in orbit.