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Shiyan - Test/demonstrator satellites


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The table lists all launches by China under the name Shiyan together with any other satellites carried on the same launch vehicle. They have used a range of different launch vehicle types and have been launched from Jiuquan, Taiyuan, Wenchang and Xichang.

There purposes seem to be as test/demonstrator vehicles (Shiyan translates to English as "Test") and they operate in a range of LEO inclinations as well as GEO and HEO.


Shiyan and Chuangxin

The name "Chuangxin" is sometimes associated with Shiyan satellites as a secondary name but it also appears in its own right so the Chuangxin satellites are included in this listing.
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2003-049
CZ 4B
Taiyuan Space Centre
2003 Oct 21, 03:16
CBERS 2 (Ziyuan-1 02, China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite)
2003-049A
28057
in space
China-Brazil Earth Resouces Satellite carrying a range of Earth observation sensors.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2003 Oct 21, 19:2071190.001373175099.6298.5435310:20
Chuangxin 1 (Innovation 1)
2003-049B
28058
in space
Small experimental store-dump communications satellite developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it will be used to collect and relay water conservancy, hydrological and meteorological data and data for power supply and disaster relief from remote monitoring stations.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2003 Oct 22, 03:3871190.001273275099.6398.5435310:20


2004-012
CZ 2C
Xichang Space Centre
2004 Apr 18, 15:59
Chuangxin 1 (Innovation 1)
2004-012A
28220
in space
Mission information in preparation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2004 Apr 19, 21:0069860.001160061596.8497.7131711:07


2004-046
CZ 2C
Xichang Space Centre
2004 Nov 18, 10:45
Shiyan 2 (Test 2)
2004-046A
28479
in space
Mission information in preparation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2004 Nov 18, 20:3570810.001269571198.8498.161005:54


2008-056
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2008 Nov 5, 00:15
Shiyan 3 (Test 3)
2008-056A
33433
Described as a technology demonstrator satellite to be used for atmosphere studies. Built by the Harbin Institute of Technology.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2008 Nov 05, 21:3271730.0013786804100.7798.4830606:31
2023 Feb 13, 11:4071700.0015781802100.7098.7011406:30
Chuangxin 1-02 (Innovation 1B)
2008-056B
33434
in space
Small experimental store-dump communications satellite developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it will be used to collect and relay water conservancy, hydrological and meteorological data and data for power supply and disaster relief from remote monitoring stations.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2008 Nov 05, 14:4871740.0013786805100.7898.4830206:31
2023 Feb 13, 10:0371710.0015782804100.7398.7011506:29


2011-068
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2011 Nov 20, 00:15
Chuangxin 1-03 (Innovation 1C)
2011-068A
37930
Small experimental store-dump communications satellite developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it will be used to collect and relay water conservancy, hydrological and meteorological data and data for power supply and disaster relief from remote monitoring stations.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2011 Nov 20, 03:0271720.0010787801100.7598.4726906:31
2023 Feb 13, 10:5071700.0016780804100.7098.709005:24
Shiyan 4 (Test 4)
2011-068B
37931
in space
Technology research and development satellite, purpose not identified but formal description says it is for "conducting scientific experiments on space maintenance technologies".

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2011 Nov 20, 08:0471720.0013785802100.7498.4628206:31
2013 Nov 23, 04:5471710.0013784802100.7398.4527805:45
2023 Feb 13, 00:2071700.0024774809100.6998.7112105:27


2013-037
CZ 4C
Taiyuan Space Centre
2013 Jul 19, 23:37
Shiyan 7 (Test 7)
2013-037A
39208
in space
Technology satellite being used in rendezvous, station keeping, and satellite capture tests. Release of a sub-satellite (2013-037J/39357) 2013 Oct 18 and subsequent close- up operations with it may be part of a series of tests aimed at capturing another satellite with a robotic arm.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2013 Jul 20, 05:3770450.000966167398.0898.062506:42
2013 Oct 15, 04:4470450.001066067498.0898.069106:42
2013 Oct 15, 12:5570460.001066067598.1098.068906:42
2023 Feb 12, 06:3470420.001065767198.0398.047505:22
Chuangxin 3 (Chuangxin 2?)
2013-037B
39209
in space
Satellite involved in rendezvous tests, possibly as a satellite inspector. Following separation from the launch vehicle, it moved about 1750 km ahead of Changxin 3, another satellite carried on the same launch vehicle. It then made two close passes by it Aug 6 and Aug 9. Early on Aug 18, it pulled alongside another satellite already in orbit, Shijian 7 (2005-024A/28737), and shadowed it at less than 2km for about 48 hrs. It made further approaches to Shijian 7 later in 2013 and during 2014.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2013 Jul 20, 06:0270480.000566767398.1598.064806:42
2013 Aug 09, 10:0570480.000366867298.1598.0630806:42
2023 Feb 13, 10:3370410.000665966798.0098.056905:24
Shijian 15 (Practice 13/NORAD "Payload C")
2013-037C
39210
in space
Small satellite for the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Before launch there were rumours of a satellite to be used for missile detection. It may be testing sensors for such a mission.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2013 Jul 20, 06:0370470.000666467398.1298.064206:42
2013 Aug 01, 03:5870490.000366967398.1798.074706:42
2013 Aug 02, 04:3170510.000467067598.2098.064006:42
2013 Aug 03, 13:1770530.000267367698.2598.0628906:42
2013 Aug 08, 19:2470510.000367167598.2198.0631106:42
2013 Aug 09, 06:5070300.000165165397.7798.0631906:42
2013 Aug 09, 10:3970430.002364968298.0598.0835706:42
2013 Aug 09, 13:4970490.001066467898.1698.0524806:42
2013 Aug 09, 18:1670480.000366867298.1498.0630906:42
2013 Aug 16, 07:2370470.000666567398.1398.0631006:42
2013 Aug 16, 20:1068840.000650251094.7498.0630106:42
2013 Aug 17, 17:1269660.003256561096.4397.7030606:43
2013 Aug 19, 20:2069660.003256561096.4397.7029906:43
2013 Aug 20, 07:3569610.003256060596.3297.7029706:43
2014 Apr 12, 21:1169590.003155960396.2997.6822706:39
2014 Apr 13, 03:3769770.004656763096.6697.6918706:39
2014 Apr 14, 12:3370100.001961964697.3697.6828006:38
2014 May 09, 04:5569980.004059264897.1097.6917006:35
2014 May 10, 09:3769860.001959562196.8597.6816806:35
2014 May 11, 00:3269730.003656962096.5897.6814506:35
2014 May 13, 04:0369650.003656161296.4197.6712806:35
2023 Feb 12, 16:2370450.000866167298.0898.067105:18
Shiyan 7 sub-satellite
2013-037J
39357
in space
Released 2013 Oct 18 from Shiyan 7 and being used as a tracking/station-keeping target. it may also, on several occasions, have been captured by a manipulator arm aboard Shiyan 7.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2013 Oct 19, 19:5970460.001066167598.1098.057906:42
2023 Feb 12, 10:4670420.001065767198.0298.047305:23


2013-068
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2013 Nov 25, 02:12
Shiyan 5 (Test 5)
2013-068A
39455
in space
Satellite carrying space technology experiments and a developmental version of an Earth imaging system. The orbit is close to, but not precisely, sun-synchronous. The upper stage of the launch vehicle was removed from orbit soon after releasing the satellite and was not catalogued.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2013 Nov 25, 04:5871250.001173975599.7697.9922808:30
2023 Feb 13, 10:2571290.001674076299.8598.215223:18


2014-051
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2014 Sep 4, 00:15
Ling Qiao
2014-051A
40136
in space
Test satellite for multimedia communications, developed by Beijing Xinwei Telecom Technology Co and Tsinghua University.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2014 Sep 04, 15:1171710.0020779808100.7398.4722506:31
2023 Feb 13, 10:4471710.0022777808100.7198.6314704:44
Chuangxin 1-04 (Innovation 1D)
2014-051B
40137
in space
Small store-dump communications satellite developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it will be used to collect and relay water conservancy, hydrological and meteorological data and data for power supply and disaster relief from remote monitoring stations.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2014 Sep 04, 04:4371720.0022778809100.7498.4622806:31
2023 Feb 13, 09:2871710.0023776809100.7298.6314804:44


2018-094
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2018 Nov 19, 23:40
Tianzhi 1
2018-094A
43710
in space
Described as a 'software defined satellite' - demonstrator for a satellite capable of modifying its purpose and processing data onboard before transmitting it to the ground. Probably carries an imaging system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2018 Nov 21, 00:4068740.001248850494.5397.4126305:59
2023 Feb 13, 14:5668590.001147348994.2397.4021606:14
Shiyan 6-01 (Test 6-01, Chuangxin 3A?)
2018-094B
43711
in space
Described as being for space environment studies and related technology experiments.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2018 Nov 21, 02:0768740.001148950494.5497.4125905:59
Tianping 1A
2018-094C
43712
in space
Small satellite, one of a simultaneously-launched pair. Precise purpose unknown but reportedly for space environment studies in LEO and acting as calibration targets for ground-based visual and radar tracking equipment. Probably equipped with an Earth imaging system. Catalogue Number, Designation and orbit to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2018 Nov 21, 02:0768750.001248850594.5497.4126005:59
2023 Feb 13, 12:2668470.001046347693.9897.3920306:21
Jiading 1
2018-094D
43713
in space
Comsat - possibly carrying a messaging system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2018 Nov 21, 00:4268740.001348750594.5397.4126505:59
2023 Feb 13, 11:5268500.001146548094.0497.3921106:20
Tianping 1B
2018-094E
43714
in space
Small satellite, one of a simultaneously-launched pair. Precise purpose unknown but reportedly for space environment studies in LEO and acting as calibration targets for ground-based visual and radar tracking equipment. Probably equipped with an Earth imaging system. Catalogue Number, Designation and orbit to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2018 Nov 21, 03:5168740.001148950494.5497.4126105:59
2023 Feb 13, 13:0068570.001047248694.1997.4021306:16


2020-043
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Jul 4, 23:44
Shiyan 6-02 (Test 6-02, Chuangxin 3B?)
2020-043A
45859
Described as being for space environment studies and related technology experiments.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2020 Jul 05, 04:4570740.001468670698.6998.2026106:00
2020 Oct 14, 11:0770410.000865766898.0098.2132306:01


2021-019
CZ 7A
Wenchang Space Centre
2021 Mar 11, 17:51
Shiyan 9 (Test 9, Tu Haichao)
2021-019A
47851
in space
Chinese government or military satellite described as being for 'space environment studies and related technology experiments'. A short thruster firing Mar 12 at about 10:25 UTC raised perigee slightly rather than move the satellite into Geosynchronous drift orbit. Smaller firings followed over the next few days. Starting 2011 Mar 21, more than one year after launch, a series of firings by the onboard thruster produced an inclined geosynchronous orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2021 Mar 11, 20:48244210.728625035837633.0219.53180
2021 Mar 12, 14:25245250.720946635828637.0619.54180
2021 Mar 15, 23:15245290.720847135830637.2019.55182
2021 Dec 19, 23:11245240.719550235791637.0319.887
2022 Mar 20, 15:05245200.720048735796636.8419.7367
2022 Mar 30, 16:40421670.001435728358491436.1919.733147° east


2021-028
CZ 4B
Taiyuan Space Centre
2021 Apr 8, 23:01
Shiyan 6-03 (Test 6-03, Chuangxin 3C?)
2021-028A
48157
in space
Described as being for space environment studies and related technology experiments.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Apr 09, 13:0073740.00089891002105.0299.5126706:00
2021 Apr 10, 05:5773750.00079911002105.0499.5026706:00


2021-087
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2021 Sep 27, 08:20
Shiyan 10-01 (Test 10-01)
2021-087A
49258
in space
Launch initially unacknowledged by China for more than one day. launch resulted in the mission being declared a failure. However, 2021 Oct 14 at around 14:00 UTC and while at apogee, a thruster firing was used to raise perigee indicating that the satellite was under some degree of control. It had. the effect of counteracting the orbit decay being experienced due to air drag at 170 km. 2022 Mar 30, six months after launch, thruster firings increased the inclination to 63° and the satellite settled into a 'standard' Molniya-type HEO.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Sep 28, 21:55265180.752817640104716.2851.08225
2021 Oct 13, 18:07265080.753017040089715.8551.04228
2021 Oct 15, 15:39265660.743045039927718.2351.06228
2021 Oct 18, 15:33268760.741656740428730.7951.18228
2021 Oct 19, 09:24269780.7228110140099734.9851.14229
2021 Dec 14, 12:36269760.7241106440133734.9051.11236
2022 Feb 28, 10:51269770.7258101940178734.9451.06247
2022 Mar 31, 05:35267430.6921185638875725.4163.58269
2022 Apr 07, 03:56265620.7040148538882718.0463.60269


2021-112
Kuaizhou 1A
Jiuquan Space Centre
2021 Nov 24, 23:41
Shiyan 11 (Test 11)
2021-112A
49501
in space
Small satellite for Chinese government or military with an undisclosed test or demonstration mission. Payload includes an Earth imaging system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Nov 25, 06:0468740.001048950294.5397.4526506:01
2023 Feb 13, 12:0768610.001247549194.2797.4513106:18


2021-129
CZ 7A
Wenchang Space Centre
2021 Dec 23, 10:12
Shiyan 12-01 (Test 12-01)
2021-129A
50321
in space
One of a pair of simultaneously-launched satellites for Chinese government or military with an undisclosed test or demonstration mission. Described as being for space environment studies and related technology experiments. Moved to GEO drift orbit around Dec 26.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2021 Dec 23, 20:04243680.730020135779630.9419.46180
2021 Dec 25, 04:39244880.721743835782635.6219.23181
2021 Dec 30, 11:06421640.000035785357871436.070.5432594° east
2022 Jan 09, 04:07422050.000135822358311438.130.511894° east
2022 Feb 24, 21:29421810.000035802358031436.930.4029269° east
2022 Mar 03, 12:43421920.000335802358261437.500.38068° east
2022 Mar 07, 22:14421730.000635769358211436.540.3731967° east
2022 Mar 14, 22:34421900.000235804358201437.390.3631466° east
2022 Mar 24, 13:20421900.000235805358191437.380.3329063° east
2022 Apr 03, 21:21421890.000235803358181437.320.3129659° east
2022 Apr 13, 17:08421880.000235803358171437.280.2928657° east
2022 Apr 23, 17:15421870.000235800358181437.240.2627154° east
2022 May 03, 19:29421860.000235799358161437.170.2428151° east
2022 May 13, 11:58421850.000235797358161437.110.2227248° east
2022 May 23, 13:03421830.000335794358171437.050.1927546° east
2022 May 30, 02:19421820.000335793358151436.990.1828444° east
2022 Jun 08, 11:20421810.000335791358151436.930.1628542° east
2022 Jun 26, 13:17421990.000235814358271437.830.1316339° east
2022 Aug 18, 22:16421650.000435771358011436.090.125917° east
2022 Aug 21, 05:27421400.000235753357711434.830.1223417° east
2022 Nov 30, 19:59420810.001035661357461431.840.3422168° east
2022 Dec 07, 17:59420590.000635658357051430.710.3620876° east
2022 Dec 12, 14:36421250.000035745357491434.080.372381° east
2023 Mar 11, 22:46420990.000135716357251432.740.59261131° east
2023 May 08, 13:57422100.000035831358331438.420.74271179° east
Shiyan 12-02 (Test 12-02)
2021-129B
50322
in space
One of a pair of simultaneously-launched satellites for Chinese government or military with an undisclosed test or demonstration mission. Described as being for space environment studies and related technology experiments. Moved to GEO drift orbit around Dec 26.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2021 Dec 23, 19:21243670.730219635781630.8919.49180
2021 Dec 30, 11:06421640.000135780357921436.070.531194° east
2022 Jan 08, 14:23422040.000135820358321438.120.512794° east
2022 Feb 13, 17:28421780.000635775358241436.770.4334676° east
2022 Feb 17, 22:51422160.000435822358531438.700.4213675° east
2022 Feb 25, 17:44421980.000335809358311437.780.406669° east
2022 Feb 26, 17:44421800.000135797358061436.870.4021369° east
2022 Mar 03, 04:51421540.000535756357971435.570.381668° east
2022 Jun 25, 16:48421120.000435717357511433.410.13140104° east
2022 Jul 03, 13:33421240.000135740357521434.030.12145108° east
2022 Nov 28, 17:01421660.000435771358041436.140.33278179° east
2022 Dec 02, 15:09422470.000735839358991440.300.34162178° east
2023 Jan 10, 14:36422040.000335813358381438.080.44319138° east
2023 Feb 10, 01:03421960.000235811358251437.710.512122° east
2023 May 24, 16:41422250.000135845358491439.180.7832144° east
2023 Jun 03, 22:32422240.000135841358501439.120.8135036° east
2023 Jun 13, 11:55422230.000135841358481439.050.831129° east
2023 Jun 22, 12:38422210.000135840358461438.980.852122° east


2022-004
CZ 2D
Taiyuan Space Centre
2022 Jan 17, 02:35
Shiyan 13 (Test 13)
2022-004A
51102
in space
Purpose unknown - described as "mainly used for space environment exploration and related technical tests". Orbit decayed naturally until mid January 2023 then perigee raised by 135 km followed by a further manoeuvre 2023 March.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2022 Jan 17, 17:1472060.06533571298101.4598.6814409:40
2023 Jan 12, 14:1971900.06583391285101.1298.6217409:44
2023 Jan 12, 19:5072410.05874371287102.1998.6217309:44
2023 Jan 13, 11:2372560.05644691287102.5298.6217009:44
2023 Jan 14, 14:5372640.05664741297102.6898.6216609:44
2023 Feb 21, 21:3772630.05664741296102.6798.605809:39
2023 Feb 22, 13:0773100.05145561308103.6798.605209:39
2023 Feb 23, 12:1473230.05015781312103.9598.614809:38
2023 Feb 23, 16:4973280.05025821318104.0598.604709:38


2022-019
CZ 8
Wenchang Space Centre
2022 Feb 27, 03:06
Chaohu 1
2022-019xx
in space
Small radar imaging satellite produced by the Spacety company.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Chuangxin (Shiyan?)
2022-019xx
in space
Probably a small store-dump communications satellite developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, to be used to collect and relay water conservancy, hydrological and meteorological data from remote monitoring stations.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Hainan 1-01
2022-019xx
in space
Maritime surveillance satellite produced by the Shenzhen Aerospace Dongfanghong Satellite company.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Hainan 1-02
2022-019xx
in space
Maritime surveillance satellite produced by the Shenzhen Aerospace Dongfanghong Satellite company.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Jilin-1 High Resolution 02A 01 (Jilin-1 GF02A 01)
2022-019xx
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite. Demonstrator for new onboard systems.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Jilin-1 High Resolution 3D 10 (Jilin-1 GF3D 10)
2022-019xx
in space
High resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

One of nine similar satellites carried on this launch. All are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Qixing 1
2022-019xx
in space
Mission details to follow.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Taijing 3-01
2022-019xx
in space
Commercial satellite for medium-resolution remote sensing using an optical imaging system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Taijing 4-01
2022-019xx
in space
Commercial satellite for medium-resolution remote sensing, equipped with a radar imaging system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Tianqi 19
2022-019xx
in space
Comsat providing messaging communication links from LEO including between Internet-connected items.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Wenchang 1-01
2022-019xx
in space
Small satellite equipped with an Earth imaging system, and produced by the Minospace company.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Wenchang 1-02
2022-019xx
in space
Small satellite equipped with an Earth imaging system, and produced by the Minospace company.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Xidian 1
2022-019xx
in space
Small satellite equipped with an Earth imaging system, and produced by the Minospace company.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32
Xingshidai 17 (Dayun/Star Times 17)
2022-019xx
in space
Small Earth observation satellite equipped with visible light and infrared imagers and owned by Chengdu Guoxing Aerospace Technology Co. Includes artificial intelligence software to help pinpoint unusual events on the Earth's surface such as fires

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit69130.002351955195.3497.5126710:32


2022-102
Kuaizhou 1A
Xichang Space Centre
2022 Aug 23, 02:36
Chuangxin 16A (Innovation 16A, Shiyan?)
2022-102A
53586
in space
One of a pair of small satellites described as "mainly used in scientific experiments, new technology verification and other fields" and initially as a "double satellite assembly". Chuanxin 16B separated from it Sep 19. Orbit plane matches that of the GECAM gravity wave detection satellites launched 2021 June.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2022 Aug 23, 10:3269710.000559059696.5429.01261
2022 Sep 19, 12:3669710.000558959696.5329.00171
Chuangxin 16B (Innovation 16B, Shiyan?)
2022-102B
53876
in space
One of a pair of small satellites described as "mainly used in scientific experiments, new technology verification and other fields". Separated from Chuangxin 16A Sep 19. Orbit plane matches that of the GECAM gravity wave detection satellites launched 2021 June.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2022 Sep 20, 12:4169710.000558959696.5329.00183


2022-118
Kuaizhou 1A
Taiyuan Space Centre
2022 Sep 24, 22:55
Shiyan 14 (Test 14)
2022-118A
53884
in space
Purpose unknown - described as "mainly used to conduct scientific experiments and verify new technologies". Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2022 Sep 25, 03:2368760.001348850694.5697.5226006:02
Shiyan 15 (Test 15)
2022-118B
53885
in space
Purpose unknown but probably an imaging satellite - described as being to "provide data in the fields of land survey, urban planning, and disaster prevention and mitigation". Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2022 Sep 25, 03:2368740.001048850394.5297.5226906:02


2022-121
CZ 6
Taiyuan Space Centre
2022 Sep 26, 23:50
Shiyan 16A (Test 16A)
2022-121A
53948
in space
Purpose unknown but probably an imaging satellite - described as to be "used in the fields of land survey, urban planning, and disaster prevention and mitigation". Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2022 Sep 27, 02:5268910.001150552194.8897.4527006:59
Shiyan 16B (Test 16B)
2022-121B
53949
in space
Purpose unknown but probably an imaging satellite - described as to be "used in the fields of land survey, urban planning, and disaster prevention and mitigation". Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2022 Sep 27, 02:5268900.001050551994.8797.4527206:59
Shiyan 17 (Test 17)
2022-121C
53950
in space
Purpose unknown but probably an imaging satellite - described as to be "used in the fields of land survey, urban planning, and disaster prevention and mitigation". Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2022 Sep 27, 02:5168900.001250352094.8597.4628406:59


2022-142
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2022 Oct 29, 01:01
Shiyan 20C (Chuangxin 3C?)
2022-142A
54214
Space Technology Demonstrator - precise purpose unknown.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2022 Oct 29, 13:5171510.0033749796100.3060.00156
2022 Nov 02, 11:3571790.0010794808100.8960.00271


2022-169
CZ 4C
Jiuquan Space Centre
2022 Dec 12, 08:22
Shiyan 20A (Chuangxin 3A?)
2022-169A
54699
in space
Unspecified demonstration payload. Initial Right Ascension of orbit Ascending Node is 60° west of Shiyan 20C (2022-142 launch). Dec 28 - settled into identical orbit to Shiyan 20B, but 30° ahead of it around the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2022 Dec 12, 11:3271730.0007790799100.7659.99246
2022 Dec 29, 10:0371740.0004793799100.8060.00269
Shiyan 20B (Chuangxin 3B?)
2022-169B
54700
in space
Unspecified demonstration payload. Initial Right Ascension of orbit Ascending Node is 60° west of Shiyan 20C (2022-142 launch).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2022 Dec 12, 11:3371720.0007789799100.7460.00257
2022 Dec 13, 11:0671740.0006792800100.7959.99214
2022 Dec 29, 11:2071740.0007791801100.7960.00252


2022-172
CZ 11
Xichang Space Centre
2022 Dec 16, 06:17
Shiyan 21 (Test 21)
2022-172A
54752
in space
Demonstrator mission with unspecified purpose. Showed signs of minor thruster activity 2023 Around January 13.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2022 Dec 16, 17:2068610.001447449394.2736.00304
2023 Jan 11, 06:5968600.001347349194.2436.00179
2023 Jan 11, 23:3668660.000648349294.3636.00162
2023 Jan 15, 06:2668660.000648349294.3636.00192
2023 Jan 16, 18:1468610.000448048594.2636.00137
2023 Feb 22, 12:5668600.002646450094.2536.00172
2023 Feb 22, 19:2368610.002646550194.2736.01177


2022-178
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2022 Dec 29, 04:43
Shiyan 10-02 (Test 10-02)
2022-178A
54878
in space
Satellite described as being for science/engineering tests but probably designed for electronic surveillance. Moved to 63° inclination orbit probably around 2023 January 1.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2022 Dec 29, 19:08265180.752518540096716.2850.98225
2023 Jan 27, 01:53265570.6923179438565717.8563.32269


2023-006
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2023 Jan 13, 07:00
Shiyan 22A (Test 22A)
2023-006A
55242
in space
Small satellite carrying an unspecified demonstration payload, one of a pair carried on the same launch as Yaogan 37. Catalogue Number, Designation and orbit to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2023 Jan 13, 15:0168940.001150852394.9443.20287
Shiyan 22B (Test 22B)
2023-006B
55243
in space
Small satellite carrying an unspecified demonstration payload, one of a pair carried on the same launch as Yaogan 37. Catalogue Number, Designation and orbit to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2023 Jan 13, 15:0168940.001050952394.9443.20287
Yaogan 37
2023-006C
55244
in space
Chinese photographic or electronic reconnaissance satellite. Catalogue Number, Designation and orbit to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2023 Jan 13, 16:3368960.000751352394.9843.20270
2023 Feb 13, 10:5868940.000451351994.9443.20110


2023-034
CZ 11
Jiuquan Space Centre
2023 Mar 15, 11:41
Shiyan 19 (Test 19)
2023-034A
55861
in space
Earth imaging satellite equipped with a radar imager. Probably a technology demonstrator.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2023 Mar 15, 14:4068830.001449551594.7297.4628418:00


2023-081
Lijian 1, Kinetica 1
Jiuquan Space Centre
2023 Jun 7, 04:10
Fucheng 1
2023-081xx
in space
Commercial remote sensing satellite equipped with a radar imager from the Mianyang Fucheng Satellite Factory. Released from the launch vehicle at 04:23 UTC. First of six in a constellation referred to as "Mianyiang".

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit68790.001549051294.6497.4123510:29
Shiyan 24A (Test 24A)
2023-081xx
in space
Small satellite carrying an unspecified demonstration payload, one of a pair carried on the same launch.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit68790.001549051294.6497.4123510:29
Shiyan 24B (Test 24B)
2023-081xx
in space
Small satellite carrying an unspecified demonstration payload, one of a pair carried on the same launch.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit68790.001549051294.6497.4123510:29
Xi'an Hangtou 8
2023-081xx
in space
First satellite in a planned constellation of 128 Earth imaging satellites. Payload includes a laser communication system. Name to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
estimated orbit68790.001549051294.6497.4123510:29
19x unidentified satellites
2023-081
in space
China's launch announcement stated 26 satellites in total but Space-Track counts only 23, indicating that three objects failed to separate from the launch vehicle, are attached to another satellite for later release or they have not yet been detected.

All satellites are in similar orbits

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit68790.001549051294.6497.41235


2023-087
CZ 6
Taiyuan Space Centre
2023 Jun 20, 03:18
Shiyan 25 (Test 25)
2023-087A
57047
in space
Earth observation satellite with test or demonstration sensor payload.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2023 Jun 20, 10:5866920.001030732190.8096.6426910:30




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