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PRC 26



PRC-26, a communications satellite, was launched from Xichang into a near geosynchronous orbit using a Long March 3 carrier rocket by the People's Republic of China. It was the fifth geosynchronous communications satellite orbited by the Chinese. PRC 26, a NORAD designation, is also known as Shiyang Tongbu Tonxin Weixing 4, Chinese for Operational Geostationary Communications Satellite. This satellite series is known collectively as Dong Fang Hong 2.

Alternate Names

  • STTW-4
  • 20473
  • PRC26

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1990-02-04
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3
Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 441 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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