Chinese surveillance payload put in orbit by Long March 2C

Posted: October 29, 2013

China unexpectedly launched a Long March rocket Tuesday and put into orbit a secret military surveillance satellite likely equipped with a synthetic aperture radar to make observations through clouds and darkness.

The Long March 2C rocket launched at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday Beijing time. Credit: Xinhua

Tuesday’s launch was the second Chinese space launch in four days and China’s 10th space launch of the year. It marked the 59th launch to reach orbit worldwide in 2013.

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