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.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation or SIGINT ?|
|Power:||Solar arrays, batteries|
|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||2023-163||23.10.2023||Xi LC-3||CZ-2D (2)||with Yaogan 39-04A, Yaogan 39-04B|