Some news on the Yaogan-30 constellation

This article initially appeared on eastpendulum.com, a French-language blog about the Chinese military and aerospace industry A few years ago, I wrote about the Yaogan-30 constellation, which is made out of Chinese military satellites in Low Earth Orbit. By then, it had two groups of three satellites each, with the second group still having to… Continue reading Some news on the Yaogan-30 constellation

Detecting hypersonics

Great power competition did not disappear with the end of the Cold War. Nowadays, tensions are rising between the USA with Trump's zero-sum-gain policies, Russia with its aggressive behaviour toward its neighbours, and finally China with its restored military and economic status. This competition takes many forms. Trade wars, alliances and propaganda campaigns are one.… Continue reading Detecting hypersonics

GF-11: How do you say KENNEN in Chinese?

On July 31st, China added a new member to its Gaofen Earth Observation constellation: Gaofen-11 (GF-11) was launched atop a CZ-4B rocket. While the early Gaofen satellites were openly described by their designers, this one is a bit more obscure. It was not in the list of planned Gaofen satellites, and the launch caught observers… Continue reading GF-11: How do you say KENNEN in Chinese?

The Chinese maritime surveillance system

An analysis of the Chinese reconnaissance satellites, and their maritime surveillance capabilities This article initially appeared on eastpendulum.com, a French-language blog about the Chinese military and aerospace industry Historical context Ever since the Communist Party conquered mainland China in 1949, the island of Taiwan has been a source of tension in the region. The defeated… Continue reading The Chinese maritime surveillance system