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YAOGAN 20C

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YAOGAN 20C is classified as:


NORAD ID: 40111
Int'l Code: 2014-047C
Perigee: 854.5 km
Apogee: 1,338.9 km
Inclination: 63.4 °
Period: 107.0 minutes
Semi major axis: 7467 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: August 9, 2014
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China (JSC)

YAOGAN 20C is one of the 3 satellites launched into orbit on August 9, 2014 on a clandestine mission that will likely serve Chinese intelligence and military organizations. Described by official sources as a single remote sensing satellite, the Yaogan 20 payload will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, monitor crop yields and aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters, according to Xinhua. But U.S. military tracking data detected three satellites, plus the Long March rocket's upper stage, attributed to this launch from China. Western analysts believe the triplets have a naval surveillance mission. Satellites operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office flying in similar orbits are believed to monitor global naval activity.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 40111U 14047C   24147.97368910 -.00000030  00000-0  74478-4 0  9992
2 40111  63.3824 155.2950 0324315  11.3243 349.4858 13.45308667481225
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC