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LKW 1

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2017-077A

Description

The LKW 1 Satellite (Ludikancha Weixing 1) is a very high-resolution Earth imaging satellite that will fly for the official purpose of “remote sensing exploration of land resources.” However, as often seen with China’s space efforts, military spacecraft are often flown under the cover of civilian Earth observation and environmental monitoring missions. To that end, LKW-1 appears to be tied to the Yaogan reconnaissance satellite fleet through similar orbital parameters as electro-optical imaging satellites flown as part of the constellation.

Alternate Names

  • 43034
  • LKW1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2017-12-03
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2D
Launch Site: Jiuquan, 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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