China launches reconnaissance satellites
(27 Oct 2020) Rocket: Chang Zheng-2C; Payload: three Yaogan 30-07 satellites, Tianqi-6; Date: 26 October 2020, 1519 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were deployed into 588 km x 604 km x 35.00 degrees orbits.
The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, or CALT, declared the mission a "complete success" in a statement.
Xinhua news agency said the Yaogan reconnaissance satellites will be used for electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests. Further details were not disclosed. Yaogan is a Chinese designation for military satellites (similar to "USA" and "Kosmos").
Tianqi-6 will be used for data transmission. The Tianqi constellation, developed by a Beijing-based high-tech company, is for short-message communications.