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YAOGAN 7

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YAOGAN 7 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 36110
Int'l Code: 2009-069A
Perigee: 634.5 km
Apogee: 668.2 km
Inclination: 98.2 °
Period: 97.6 minutes
Semi major axis: 7022 km
RCS: 3.486 m2 (large)
Launch date: December 9, 2009
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China (JSC)

According to Xinhua, YAOGAN 7 will be used for scientific experiments, land resources surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster response applications. But the craft is likely an electro-optical spy satellite to be operated by the Chinese military. Observers believe the Yaogan series, which began launching in 2006, is a new fleet of high-resolution optical and radar reconaissance satellites. The new satellite would be the third Yaogan spacecraft fitted with an optical imager. Yaogan 7 was built by the China Academy of Space Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 36110U 09069A   16124.84530632 -.00000028  00000-0  38422-5 0  9995
2 36110  98.1596 272.8703 0024078 345.1889  14.8625 14.75283182344535
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC

N2YO: 361