China launches Classified “Yaogan Satellites” Into Orbit

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What is the News?

China has successfully launched the eighth group of three Yaogan-30 satellites into orbit on a Long March 2C rocket.

The eighth group of three Yaogan-30 satellites will join the seven previous groups in the orbit that had been launched earlier.

About Yaogan Satellites:

  • Firstly, Yaogan is a series of Chinese reconnaissance satellites launched in the early 21st century.
    • A reconnaissance satellite or intelligence satellite is an Earth observation satellite or a communications satellite. It is deployed for military or intelligence applications.
  • Secondly, Purpose: The satellites will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests.
  • Thirdly, First Launched in: The first Yaogan 1 satellite was launched in the year 2006.
  • Fourthly, Concerns: Western analysts suspect that these Yaogan satellites are equipped with synthetic aperture radar(SAR) for military reconnaissance purposes.
    • SAR refers to a technique for producing high-resolution images. The radar can penetrate clouds and darkness and produce precise images. This means that it can collect data day and night in any weather.


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