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YAOGAN 10

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YAOGAN 10 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 36834
Int'l Code: 2010-038A
Perigee: 634.0 km
Apogee: 635.6 km
Inclination: 97.9 °
Period: 97.3 minutes
Semi major axis: 7005 km
RCS: 4.7552 m2 (large)
Launch date: August 9, 2010
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)

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   15242.76002388  .00000649  00000-0  91444-4 0  9999
2 36834 097.8936 236.8944 0001161 082.2032 277.9296 14.80520699273345

Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC

N2YO: 250