Chang Zheng 2D launches from Xichang with Yaogan-35 satellites

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) launched a trio of Yaogan 35 military reconnaissance satellites to orbit on the morning of Friday, July 29, as a Chang Zheng 2D rocket flew out of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Liftoff took place at 13:28 UTC. Yaogan Weixing – translating to “remote sensing satellite” and often shortened to Yaogan – is the name that the Chinese space administration gives to many of its military spacecraft, much like the “Kosmos” and “USA” designations that have been used by Russia and the United States. Each Yaogan satellite carries out differing surveillance and national security missions for the Chinese government, though all are officially described as being used for agricultural purposes such as crop yield estimation and natural disaster prevention. See AlsoYaogan 35-03 UpdatesChina Forum SectionL2 ResourcesClick here to Join L2 Details from the Chinese government regarding the individual satellites’ on-orbit operations are few and far between. Despite this, spacecraft analysis and comparisons to western missions and previous Chinese launches help to build a gradual understanding. Friday’s mission marked the third launch of a group of Yaogan 35 satellites, with previous launches having taken place in December 2021 and June 2022, respectively. Yaogan…

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Chang Zheng 2D launches from Xichang with Yaogan-35 satellites

Updated: July 29, 2022 — 10:26 am