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Yaogan 33



The Yaogan series of spacecraft include satellites carrying Earth-facing optical telescopes and radar imagers to collect high-resolution imagery for the Chinese military and intelligence agencies.

Independent analysts believe Yaogan 33 might carry a radar reconnaissance imager designed to obtain all-weather, day-and-night imagery of strategic targets around the world.

Yaogan 33 was also the name of a military remote sensing satellite lost in a Long March 4C launch failure in May 2019, prompting speculation that the new Yaogan 33 satellite might be a replacement.

Alternate Names

  • Yaogan33
  • 47302

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2020-12-27
Launch Vehicle: Long March 4C
Launch Site: Jiuquan, Peoples Republic of China

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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