China completes second launch this week with Yaogan 35-2

A second launch out of China this week lifted off at 02:22 UTC from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center with three satellites of the Yaogan family aboard a Chang Zheng 2D. The satellites, called Yaogan 35 Group 2, are possibly related to another triplet of payloads that launched in November 2021 from the same spaceport on the same rocket. Yaogan Weixing means “Remote sensing satellite” and is a general name for military satellites of the Chinese government. They are used to perform multiple kinds of missions for the Chinese government, including remote sensing, surveillance, and other classified mission goals. They are usually attributed to the Ministry of Agriculture so as not fully declare their military use. For today’s launch, China reported that the satellites would be used for “scientific experiments, land and resource census, and other fields;” however, that is likely a generic statement to not give away the true purpose of the satellite. [China’s 21st launch in 2022] At UTC 02:22 June 23, 3 Yaogan(遥感/RemoteSensing)-35-02 satellites were successfully launched by #CZ2D Y64 rocket in Xichang, Sichuan. This is the 424th launch of Long March rocket family. HD: https://t.co/018SGyq48M pic.twitter.com/0kDtkg7hua — CNSA Watcher (@CNSAWatcher) June 23, 2022 No details on…

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China completes second launch this week with Yaogan 35-2

Updated: June 23, 2022 — 10:26 am