JSSW (CK) ?
The JSSW (Ji Shu Shiyan Weixing) series of satellites, also known as CK (Chang Kong) or Project 701, was an experimental series of Chinese satellites.
These satellites were likely technological demonstration missions, but the exact purpose has not been disclosed. No signals of the satellites were received in the west, hinting to a military mission, which only transmitted while flying over China. An ELINT mission has been speculated, as well as an imaging mission, probably using television or radio transmission of scanned film images. None of the satellites performed manoeuvres in orbit.
These satellites were launched by FB-1 rockets. Only three of the six launches reached orbit. While the first two successful orbits were low orbits (184 km × 452 km, 69.0° and 187 km × 380 km, 69.0° respectively), the third satellite to reach orbit hat a much higher apogee (198 km × 2113 km, 69.1°).
|Type / Application:||Technology, Reconnaissance?|
|Lifetime:||50 days (#1); 42 days (#2); 817 days (#3) [orbital lifetimes]|
|Orbit:||184 km × 452 km, 69.0° (#1); 187 km × 380 km, 69.0° (#2); 198 km × 2113 km, 69.1° (#3)|
|JSSW (1a) (CK (1a))||1973-F07||18.09.1973||Jq LC-2/138||F||FB-1|
|JSSW (1b) (CK (1b))||1974-F05||12.07.1974||Jq LC-2/138||F||FB-1|
|JSSW 1 (CK 1, China 3)||1975-070A||26.07.1975||Jq LC-2/138||FB-1|
|JSSW 2 (CK 2, China 5)||1975-119A||16.12.1975||Jq LC-2/138||FB-1|
|JSSW 3 (CK 3, China 6)||1976-087A||30.08.1976||Jq LC-2/138||FB-1|
|JSSW (4) (CK (4))||1976-F03||10.11.1976||Jq LC-2/138||F||FB-1|