China launches trio of Yaogan-31 ocean reconnaissance satellites

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A Long March 4C rocket sent a latest series of three Yaogan-31 reconnaissance satellites into orbit late Tuesday.

The Long March 4C lifted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 9:22 p.m. Eastern Feb. 23, marking a return to launch activities following the Chinese New Year.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC) announced launch success within two hours of liftoff. 

The satellites are the third group of Yaogan-31 triplets. The previous two groups, launched in April 2018 and January 2021, were placed into orbits of around 1,100 by 1,050 kilometers inclined by 63.4 degrees.

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