China's recon satellites (imaging and radar)


FairAndUnbiased

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Comparing the big 3:

Ru.ssia has only 3 total imaging satellites in orbit right now,
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or are otherwise nonoperational.

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as their heavy lifter for imaging and
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How is Ch.ina doing in comparison?
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(5 are part of the Ji.lin program). And if you think
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it gets even better.
 

Red tsunami

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Comparing the big 3:

Ru.ssia has only 3 total imaging satellites in orbit right now,
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or are otherwise nonoperational.

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as their heavy lifter for imaging and
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.

How is Ch.ina doing in comparison?
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(5 are part of the Ji.lin program). And if you think
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it gets even better.
There are also some undisclosed highly classified military satellites.
 

FairAndUnbiased

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There are also some undisclosed highly classified military satellites.
Everything in orbit is tracked by radar. You can't hide there, for long times at least.

But there are indeed classified satellites. Those are the ones with no name and a "unknown" purpose. As for what they do, you just watch them with radar and listen to them with your own RF satellites.
 

styx

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Comparing the big 3:

Ru.ssia has only 3 total imaging satellites in orbit right now,
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and
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or are otherwise nonoperational.

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as their heavy lifter for imaging and
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How is Ch.ina doing in comparison?
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(5 are part of the Ji.lin program). And if you think
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it gets even better.

no USA has in orbit 6 kh-11 according to wikipedia page you posted, the others are so old that have decayed, but usa can use imaging by tens of private satellites. China has 3-4 satellites comparable to kennen one of them in geostationary orbit possibly to track american carriers in real time i suppose.

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FairAndUnbiased

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no USA has in orbit 7 kh-11 according to wikipedia page you posted, but usa can use imaging by tens of private satellites.
My mistake in counting total missions and not paying attention to the decay date. It happens when you make an attempt to source as many statements as possible unlike many people who just say shit like "lol China bad" "US alien tech"

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antiterror13

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no USA has in orbit 6 kh-11 according to wikipedia page you posted, the others are so old that have decayed, but usa can use imaging by tens of private satellites. China has 3-4 satellites comparable to kennen one of them in geostationary orbit possibly to track american carriers in real time i suppose.

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in your opinion, how many more Gaofen 11 or later will be launched by China in 2-3 yrs? do you think will reach 10 ?
 

styx

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in your opinion, how many more Gaofen 11 or later will be launched by China in 2-3 yrs? do you think will reach 10 ?
sincerely i don't know. But i think the new observation satellites of china will have something in common with the new xuntian space telescope: 2 meter mirror. They will match kh-11 resolution.
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Totoro

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Having highest resolution is not the name of the game anymore. (Hasn't been for some years actually) Highest number of medium Resolution satellites is. (Circa 0.5 m is enough though even 1m ones are fine for tracking large formations) Especially radar based ones.
 

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