China launches 3 remote sensing satellites

On 25 November 2017, at 2:10 a.m. Beijing time (GMT+8), China launched three remote sensing satellites from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

During the launch, China’s Long March 2C rocket successfully placed into orbit three satellites from the Yaogan-30 (Group 2) series. Group 1 of the series, another trio of 3 satellites, was launched on 29 September this year, and marked the first launch of Yaogan satellites this year.

China National Space Administration (CNSA) has said that the Yaogan-30 (2) satellites carry electromagnetic probes and “other experiments”. Like the other 40 or so Yaogan satellites launched so far, some analysts believe the latest Yaogan satellites are purposed for reconnaissance.

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This was the 43rd flight of the Long March 2C, a three-stage rocket that can carried up to 3,850 kg to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and is the 256th mission of the Long March family.

China has already conducted 3 launches in less than two weeks, and four launches this month. Based on tentative launch schedules and general speculation, it is supposed that China might conduct another 5 launches this year.



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