China launches two satellites on Long March 4B including Yaogan-21

by | Sep 8, 2014 | China | 0 comments

According to the official Chinese news agency Xinhua, China successfully launched the Yaogan-21 remote sensing satellite at 0322 GMT on 08 September 2014 using a Long March 4B rocket flying from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.  Also launched on the flight was the Tiantuo-2 satellite, designed and built by the National University of Defense Technology.   Officially Yaogan-21 will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource survey, estimation of crop yield and disaster relief.  However Western analysts believe this to be a military electro-optical reconnaissance satellite.  Officially Tiantuo-2 was designed for smart satellite experiments, but is thought to be a test of a Chinese AIS ship identification system, along with a simple optical system.

 

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