Another secret Chinese launch

A Chinese Long March 2C rocket boosted another satellite with unknown intentions into orbit earlier today.  You can read all about it from NASASpaceflight.com’s posting:  Chinese Long March 2C lofts Yaogan Weixing-18 satellite.  According to the article, this launch was not officially announced. There’s not too much advertised about Yaogan Weixing-18, although NASASpaceflight.com’s article does a great […]

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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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Satellites and terrorists

Okay, now that I’ve recovered from my previous aside and post of old information, here’s something that shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone paying attention. According to this article from the Washington Post, satellites of all sorts were used to help find and monitor Osama Bin Laden.  Some SIGINT  (Signals Intelligence) here, a little IMINT […]

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