Yaogan-30 09 & Apocalypse 14

Launch Time
Fri Jun 18, 2021 06:30 UTC


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

Mission Details

Yaogan-30 09

Yaogan-30 09 are a triplet of Chinese satellites of the Yaogan constellation. The purpose is not confirmed, although the news reports hint towards a SIGINT mission, especially to detect ships by their radio emissions. 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 14

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: 6.0 kg
Low Earth Orbit


LC-3, Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China



57th orbital launch attempt

Long March 2C

56th mission
2nd mission of 2021
55th successful mission
24th consecutive successful mission