Yaogan 36-01A and Yaogan 36-01B are Chinese military satellites of unknown purpose. A third different satellite, Yaogan 36-01C, was also launched together with these.
The satellites of this triplet launch were of different designs: Yaogan 36-01A and Yaogan 36-01B were built by DFH Satellite (Beijing) and Yaogan 36-01C was built by SAST (Shanghai). The purpose of these satellites is not yet known. It has be speculated that Yaogan 36-01A and Yaogan 36-01B might be imaging satellites and Yaogan 36C might be a radar satellite. SIGINT / ELINT or communications missions have also been speculated.
It is unknown, how the Yaogan 36 triplets differ from the Yaogan 35 triplets.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation or SIGINT ?|
|Contractors:||DFH Satellite (Beijing)|
|Power:||Solar arrays, batteries|
|Yaogan 36-01A||2022-120A||26.09.2022||Xi LC-3||CZ-2D (2)||with Yaogan 36-01B, Yaogan 36-01C|
|Yaogan 36-01B||2022-120D||26.09.2022||Xi LC-3||CZ-2D (2)||with Yaogan 36-01A, Yaogan 36-01C|
|Yaogan 36-02A||2022-133A||14.10.2022||Xi LC-3||CZ-2D (2)||with Yaogan 36-02B, Yaogan 36-02C|
|Yaogan 36-02B||2022-133B||14.10.2022||Xi LC-3||CZ-2D (2)||with Yaogan 36-02A, Yaogan 36-02C|
|Yaogan 36-03A||2022-160||27.11.2022||Xi LC-3||CZ-2D (2)||with Yaogan 36-03B, Yaogan 36-03C|
|Yaogan 36-03B||2022-160||27.11.2022||Xi LC-3||CZ-2D (2)||with Yaogan 36-03A, Yaogan 36-03C|
|Yaogan 36-04A||2022-171||14.12.2022||Xi LC-3||CZ-2D (2)||with Yaogan 36-04B, Yaogan 36-04C|
|Yaogan 36-04B||2022-171||14.12.2022||Xi LC-3||CZ-2D (2)||with Yaogan 36-04A, Yaogan 36-04C|