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YAOGAN 30 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 41473
Int'l Code: 2016-029A
Perigee: 635.0 km
Apogee: 663.2 km
Inclination: 98.0 °
Period: 97.6 minutes
Semi major axis: 7020 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: May 15, 2016
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China (JSC)

YAOGAN 30 is a Chinese military spy satellite. Officially YAOGAN 30 is a remote sensing satellite that 'will be used for experiments, land surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief.' Western analysts believe the Yaogan satellites series is a fleet of Chinese intelligence-gathering spacecraft. The parameters of Yaogan 30's launch, including its launch site, rocket booster and orbit, match those of five previous launches in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. Those missions lofted high-resolution optical spy satellites into orbit, and experts believe YAOGAN 30 shares the same purpose.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 41473U 16029A   17080.78802191 +.00000020 +00000-0 +10429-4 0  9991
2 41473 098.0257 137.8304 0020019 319.6789 040.2928 14.76004821045820
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC