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As per 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.

As was the case in previous launches of the Yaogan Weixing series, analysts believe this class of satellites is used for military purposes.

Alternate Names

  • 43080
  • LKW2
  • Land Surveying Satellite 1
  • Ludikancha Weixing 1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2017-12-23
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2D
Launch Site: Jiuquan, Peoples Republic of China

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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

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