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YAOGAN 15

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YAOGAN 15 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 38354
Int'l Code: 2012-029A
Perigee: 1,178.8 km
Apogee: 1,217.8 km
Inclination: 100.8 °
Period: 109.2 minutes
Semi major axis: 7569 km
RCS: 3.4621 m2 (large)
Launch date: May 29, 2012
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
Launch site: Taiyaun Space Center, China (TSC)

YAOGAN 15 is believed to be a surveillance satellite. The spacecraft will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, monitor crop yields and aid in reducing and preventing natural disasters according to Xinhua. But Yaogan satellites are believed by independent experts to be military spacecraft with observation and surveillance sensors. Yaogan 15 may carry a radar payload designed for all-weather, day-and-night imaging of locations around the world. Other Yaogan satellites likely feature advanced high-resolution optical cameras.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 38354U 12029A   24171.18084919 -.00000019  00000-0  70733-4 0  9997
2 38354 100.7545 350.3728 0025753 136.4334 223.8818 13.18325921579515
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC