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PRC 4 was a Chinese military photo surveillance satellite launched from the Jiuquan site aboard a CZ-2C rocket. It was China's first retrievable satellite. Ten days after launch the Xian ground station commanded the satellite to reenter in the recovery zone at Liuzhi Guizhou Province in southwest China. Although the outer part of the reentry vehicle was damaged on reentry due to defective materials, the imagery intelligence hardware and film were not damaged and the mission was judged a success.

Alternate Names

  • 08452
  • China 4
  • FSW-0 1
  • Mao 4
  • PRC4

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1975-11-26
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2
Launch Site: Shuang Cheng-Tzu, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 2500 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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