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IGS 9A is classified as:


NORAD ID: 40381
Int'l Code: 2015-004A
Perigee: 488.6 km
Apogee: 491.3 km
Inclination: 97.4 °
Period: 94.3 minutes
Semi major axis: 6860 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: February 1, 2015
Source: Japan (JPN)
Launch site: TANEGASHIMA SPACE CENTER (TNSTA)

IGS 9A (Information Gathering Satellite) is a Japanese spy satellite that carries a sophisticated radar payload designed to survey the globe night and day—and in all weather conditions—from an orbit about 300 miles (483 km) above Earth. The synthetic aperture radar instrument can see through clouds and camouflage, but its exact capabilities are kept secret by the Japanese government. IGS 9A joins a network of surveillance craft run by the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, which reports directly to the Japanese government's executive leadership. The radar spy craft was built as a backup for reconnaissance satellites launched on earlier missions.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 40381U 15004A   19076.86661152 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    07
2 40381  97.3503 149.2679 0002000  78.8805 281.1193 15.27650435    04
Source of the keplerian elements: McCants