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DFH-1 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 4382
Int'l Code: 1970-034A
Perigee: 439.1 km
Apogee: 2,040.0 km
Inclination: 68.4 °
Period: 110.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 7610 km
RCS: 1.0076 m2 (large)
Launch date: April 24, 1970
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China (JSC)

This DFH (Dong Fang Hong - Red is East) Chinese communications satellite contained a radio transmitter. It was the first Chinese experimental satellite launched by a LM-1 booster into a 441 x 2286 km orbit inclined at 68.4 deg. from a launch facility near Lop Nor. The primary satellite mission was to broadcast the song "Dong Fang Hong", paying tribute to Chairman Mao, and to announce the time. The satellite was spherically shaped with a one meter diameter. It ceased transmitting in June 1970. This was the first satellite launched by China on its own booster, making China the fifth nation to put a spacecraft into orbit using its own rocket.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1  4382U 70034A   18056.59530515 +.00001431 +00000-0 +22401-3 0  9995
2  4382 068.4202 083.2512 1051791 173.2331 188.4314 13.07616412248482
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC