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Yaogan 29, 33, 33R

Yaogan 29

The Chinese Yaogan 29 (Remote Sensing Satellite-29) government remote sensing satellite, likely also used as a military reconnaissance satellite, is likely the first of a successor series to the Yaogan-1 (JB-5) class space-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system.

The satellite uses the same orbit as the Yaogan-1 class, but has, according to published illustrations, a different design.

Yaogan 29, was launched in November 2015 on a CZ-4C rocket into a 615 km × 619 km, 97.8 orbit.

A second satellite of this type, Yaogan 33, failed to reach orbit on 22 May 2019.

Likely the third satellite of this type, Yaogan 33R, reached orbit on 28 December 2020. It is believed to be a replacement for the lost satellite, although a different launch site was used and a higher orbit was obtained.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Earth observation (radar)
Operator:
Contractors: SAST
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit: 615 km × 619 km, 97.8 (#29); 682 km × 686 km, 98.3 (#33R)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Yaogan 29 (YG 29, JB-x 1) 2015-069A 26.11.2015 TY LC-9 CZ-4C
Yaogan 33 (YG 33, JB-x 2) 2019-F04 22.05.2019 TY LC-9 F CZ-4C
Yaogan 33R (YG 33R, JB-x 3) 2020-103A 28.12.2020 Jq LC-43/94 CZ-4C with Weina 2