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Yaogan 39-01C, 39-02C, 39-03C, 39-04C, 39-05C

Yaogan 39-01C is a Chinese military satellite of unknown purpose. Two different satellites, Yaogan 39-01A and Yaogan 39-01B, were also launched together with it.

The satellites of this triplet launch were of different designs: Yaogan 39-01A and Yaogan 39-01B were built by DFH Satellite (Beijing) and Yaogan 39-01C was built by SAST (Shanghai). The purpose of these satellites is not yet known. It has be speculated that Yaogan 39-01A and Yaogan 39-01B 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 39 triplets differ from the Yaogan 35 and Yaogan 36 triplets.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Earth observation or SIGINT ?
Contractors: SAST
Power: Solar arrays, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Yaogan 39-01C 2023-130E 31.08.2023 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 39-01A, Yaogan 39-01B
Yaogan 39-02C 2023-145E 17.09.2023 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 39-02A, Yaogan 39-02B
Yaogan 39-03C 2023-152E 05.10.2023 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 39-03A, Yaogan 39-03B
Yaogan 39-04C 2023-163E 23.10.2023 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 39-04A, Yaogan 39-04B
Yaogan 39-05C 2023-194 10.12.2023 Xi LC-3 CZ-2D (2) with Yaogan 39-05A, Yaogan 39-05B

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