Surprise Chinese launch places another “experimental” satellite in orbit

Yup, the Chinese decided to surprise everyone with the launch of a Long March 4b, according to this NASASpaceflight.com article.  I can’t even imagine the hullabaloo this created on our SBIRS (Space Based Infrared System) operators if this rocket’s intense heat source was really not expected.  Imagine seeing something emerge from a not-so-friendly country–something big that […]

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New Chinese Launch–another three satellites in one.

The Chinese launched another three satellites from Jiuquan (map below), China,  according to this article.  One supposedly has a electro-optical payload, another has synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and the third has possibly a ELINT/SIGINT payload.  All are suspected, according to the NASA Spaceflight.org page, to be used for maritime vehicle tracking.    I don’t know, but suspect these are probably going […]

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