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YAOGAN 10 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 36834
Int'l Code: 2010-038A
Perigee: 632.8 km
Apogee: 635.4 km
Inclination: 97.9 °
Period: 97.2 minutes
Semi major axis: 7005 km
RCS: 4.7552 m2 (large)
Launch date: August 9, 2010
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
Launch site: Taiyaun Space Center, China (TSC)

YAOGAN 10 is a secret Chinese reconnaissance satellite. The state-run Xinhua news agency reported Yaogan 10 will conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, estimate crop yields and help respond to natural disasters. But the Yaogan satellite is likely a military asset with a synthetic aperture radar system designed to observe locations in all weather and lighting conditions. Observers believe the Yaogan series, which began launching in 2006, is a new fleet of high-resolution optical and radar reconaissance satellites. Alternating launches from Taiyuan and the Jiuquan space base in northwestern China have orbited radar and electro-optical spy satellites. The most recent Yaogan launch in March included three spacecraft that are believed to be naval observation satellites. China announced Monday's launch about 24 hours in advance, a typical policy for most Chinese military payloads.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 36834U 10038A   16268.50088725  .00000145  00000-0  25526-4 0  9998
2 36834  97.9182 262.0445 0001818  77.1694 282.9724 14.80749027331167
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC

N2YO: 434