China capped off a trifecta of international launches on Saturday by orbiting the Yaogan Weixing remote sensing satellite atop a Long March 2D booster. The rocket was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
China’s official media are referring to the spacecraft, also called the Land Surveying Satellite -2 (LKW-2), as a civilian remote sensing satellite. However, Western analysts believe it is a military reconnaissance satellite.
This was the 17th launch of the year for China. Fifteen launches have been successful with one failure and one partial failure. The nation has one more launch scheduled for the next week. A Long March 2D is set to launch the Superview 1-03 and Superview 1-04 satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.