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Asian nations boost spy satellite capacities

13th August 2019 - 09:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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Asian countries continue to enhance their satellite constellations, with China, India and South Korea all making recent announcements in the space realm. 

China, for instance, successfully launched three additional Yaogan-30 tactical imaging/ELINT satellites aboard a Long March-2C carrier rocket from its Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on 26 July.

State media euphemistically reported that the high-revisit satellite triplet, the fourth in the series, will be used mainly for ‘electromagnetic detection and related technological tests’.

This particular Yaogan-30 Group 04 launch was the 308th mission for the Long March rocket series and it placed the satellites in an orbit 600km above Earth.

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