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Yaogan-30 08 & Apocalypse 12

Launch Time
Thu May 06, 2021 18:11 UTC


Long March 2C/E
Status: Active
Price: $30.8 million
Liftoff Thrust: 2,962 kN
Payload to LEO: 2,850 kg
Payload to GTO: 1,000 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 42.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 3.35 m
Fairing Height: 8.37 m

Mission Details

Yaogan-30 08

The purpose of the satellites is not confirmed, although the news reports hint towards a SIGINT mission, especially to detect ships by their radio emissions. They are also known as CX 5 by the manufacturer. They are launched by triplet, in a similar way to the old American NOSS system, or to the Yaogan-31 constellation.

Payloads: 3
Low Earth Orbit

Apocalypse 12

Apocalypse (also named Tianqi) is a series of small Chinese experimental LEO comsats by Guodian Gaoke for IoT (Internet of Things) communications, which are also carrying a camera for educational purposes.

Guodian Gaoke plans to operate an IoT constellation. The "Apocalypse Constellation" provides users with much-needed data collection and transmission services for terrestrial network coverage blind areas, which are widely used in marine, environmental protection, meteorological, forestry, geological, emergency, rescue and smart city industries to enhance China's global data network coverage and application capabilities are of strategic importance.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 6 kg
Low Earth Orbit


LC-3, Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China



40th orbital launch attempt

Long March 2C

55th mission
54th successful mission
23rd consecutive successful mission