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Yaogan 28

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2015-064A

Description

As is usual for the Chinese media, this spacecraft is once again classed as a new remote sensing bird that will be used for scientific experiments, land survey, crop yield assessment, and disaster monitoring.

A Y-W SatelliteAs was the case in previous launches of the Yaogan Weixing series, analysts believe this class of satellites is used for military purposes.

As was the case with the former Soviet Union (and in a smaller scale with Russia) with the ‘Cosmos’ designation, the ‘Yaogan’ designation is used to hide the true military nature of the vehicles orbited.

Yaogan-28 is probably the third Jianbing-11 4th generation of electro-optical satellites.

Developed by the Chinese Academy of Spaceflight Technology and based on the Phoenix Eye-2 platform, the satellite is capable of high-resolution observation and also carries an IR payload.

The Chinese intend to launch at least another two YG missions by the end of the year.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2015-11-08
    Launch Vehicle: Long March 4B
    Launch Site: Taiyuan, Peoples Republic of China

    Funding Agency

    • Unknown (Peoples Republic of China)

    Discipline

    • Earth Science

    Additional Information

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

     
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