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China Launched Its Yaogan Weixing Mission Successfully

25 Mar 2020, 17:44 UTC
China Launched Its Yaogan Weixing Mission Successfully
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Yaogan-30-06 | Long March 2C (EverydayAstronaut) China Launched Its Yaogan Weixing Mission Successfully (DualDove)Yaogan 30-01, 30-02, 30-03, 30-04, 30-05, 30-06 (CX 5) (Gunter’s Space Page)China launches new remote sensing satellites (CCTV)Yaogan 30-06 (3x) (RocketLaunch.Live)

Also on Monday, but this time back in the win column, China’s space agency successfully launched 3 new military reconnaissance satellites aboard a Long March 2C (CZ-2C) from LC-3, Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 0343 UTC. First and so far hardest hit by the recent pandemic, China also seems to have reached a point where their mitigation efforts have been balanced with continuing to advance the national spaceflight agenda.

IMAGE: CG image of the three newly deployed Yaogan 2 satellites being deployed CREDIT: CCTV

This launch was the third by China just this month, and the sixth successful launch of the year so far. Entitled “Yaogan 30-06,” the mission lifted off from Sichuan Province in southwestern China at 11:43 am local time aboard the Long March 2C. This rocket is a 2-stage liquid fueled vehicle which can loft up to 2,800 kg / 6,200 lb into LEO, including Sun-synchronous orbits. After leaving the Earth’s atmosphere, the upper stage successfully placed three Earth-observation satellites ...

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