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Yaogan 36-01C, 36-02C, 36-03C, 36-04C

Yaogan 36-01C is a Chinese military satellite of unknown purpose. A two different satellites, Yaogan 36-01A and Yaogan 36-01B, were also launched together with it.

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 35C might be a radar satellite. SIGINT / ELINT or communications missions have also been speculated.

It is unknown, if and how the Yaogan 36 triplets differ from the Yaogan 35 and Yaogan 39 triplets.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Earth observation or SIGINT ?
Contractors: SAST
Power: Solar arrays, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Yaogan 36-01C 2022-120E 26.09.2022 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 36-01A, Yaogan 36-01B
Yaogan 36-02C 2022-133D 14.10.2022 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 36-02A, Yaogan 36-02B
Yaogan 36-03C 2022-160E 27.11.2022 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 36-03A, Yaogan 36-03B
Yaogan 36-04C 2022-171E 14.12.2022 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 36-04A, Yaogan 36-04B
Yaogan 36-05C 2023-106E 26.07.2023 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 36-05A, Yaogan 36-05B

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