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DFH-1

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    DFH-1 can be found in the following categories:
    Experimental

    NORAD ID: 4382
    Int'l Code: 1970-034A
    Perigee: 438.8 km
    Apogee: 2,053.5 km
    Inclination: 68.4 °
    Period: 110.3 minutes
    Semi major axis: 7617 km
    Launch date: April 24, 1970
    Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
    Comments: This DFH (Dong Fang Hong - Red is East) Chinese communications satellite contained a radio transmitter. It was the first Chinese experimental satellite launched by a LM-1 booster into a 441 x 2286 km orbit inclined at 68.4 deg. from a launch facility near Lop Nor. The primary satellite mission was to broadcast the song "Dong Fang Hong", paying tribute to Chairman Mao, and to announce the time. The satellite was spherically shaped with a one meter diameter. It ceased transmitting in June 1970. This was the first satellite launched by China on its own booster, making China the fifth nation to put a spacecraft into orbit using its own rocket.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 04382U 70034A   14292.42616978  .00005668  00000-0  84887-3 0  7555
    2 04382 068.4261 033.6312 1059910 184.3339 174.7946 13.05919244 88372
    
    
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for DFH-1

     
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