Long March 4C rocket puts three Chinese electronic surveillance satellites into orbit plus one tiddler

by | Apr 10, 2018 | China, Launches, Military space, Satellites, Seradata News

A Long March 4C rocket launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the Jiuquan launch site in Inner Mongolia in China at 0425 GMT on 10 April 2018.  Four satellites were being carried into low Earth orbit.  Of the four spacecraft carried, three were classed as Yaogan 31 spacecraft which are thought to be military ocean electronic surveillance satellites roughly akin to the US NOSS system (China never admits to any military use of its satellites). A much smaller satellite described by China’s news agency Xinhua as Micro Nano Technology Experiment Satellite is believed to be from previous missions Weina 1B means micro-nano-1B satellite – an experimental communications satellite.

Long March 4C launch on 10 April 2018. Courtesy: Xinhua

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