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YAOGAN 6 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 34839
Int'l Code: 2009-021A
Perigee: 474.9 km
Apogee: 514.0 km
Inclination: 97.1 °
Period: 94.4 minutes
Semi major axis: 6865 km
RCS: 3.6853 m2 (large)
Launch date: April 22, 2009
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
Launch site: Taiyaun Space Center, China (TSC)

YAOGAN 6 is a Chinese clandestine remote sensing satellite. China will use this satellite for land resource surveys, environmental surveillance, urban planning, crop yield estimates, disaster response, and space science experiments. But Western analysts believe the spacecraft is actually a military reconnaissance satellite, possibly outfitted with a night-vision, cloud-piercing radar that can observe objects on the ground during darkness and all weather conditions. The Yaogan series is likely a cover for a fleet of spy satellites carrying radars and digital optical observation equipment.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 34839U 09021A   18146.16589913  .00000407  00000-0  18223-4 0  9992
2 34839  97.0954 185.5417 0028459 179.1563 180.9730 15.26167506504897
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC