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LKW 1, 2, 3, 4


The LKW 1 (Ludikancha Weixing 1, Land Surveying Satellite 1) is a Chinese very high resolution earth observation satellite.

The satellite is likely intended for military purposes.

LKW 1 was launched on 3 December 2017 on a CZ-2D (2) booster from Jiuquan. A second satellite, LKW 2, was launched on 23 December 2017. LKW 3 followed on 13 January 2018 and the fourth, LKW 4 was launched on 17 March 2018.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Earth observation
Contractors: CAST
Power: 3 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Orbit: 489 km × 502 km, 97.46 (#1)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
LKW 1 2017-077A 03.12.2017 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2)
LKW 2 2017-084A 23.12.2017 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2)
LKW 3 2018-006A 13.01.2018 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2)
LKW 4 2018-025A 17.03.2018 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-2D (2)

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