China To Launch Four New Weather Satellites Before 2021

Last update: 15/11/2017

BEIJING, Nov 15 (Bernama) -- China plans to put four more Fengyun-3 meteorological satellites into orbit between 2018 and 2021, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC) announced Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Fengyun-3, including a morning orbit satellite, an afternoon orbit satellite and a precipitation measuring satellite, will form a network of low-orbit meteorological satellites to enhance the monitoring of atmospheric humidity and temperature, greenhouse gases, wind fields and precipitation, said Zhou Xubin with the CASTC.

The launch of the Fengyun-3 satellites will help shorten the interval between world weather forecast updates from the current six hours to four hours, and increase the timeliness of weather disaster monitoring and forecast accuracy, said Zhou.

Earlier today, China launched the Fengyun-3 D at 2.35am Beijing Time Wednesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China's Shanxi Province. The satellite will form a network with the three previously launched Fengyun-3 series satellites.

Fengyun satellites are a series of remote-sensing meteorological satellites developed by China. Fengyun-1 and Fengyun-3 are polar orbiting weather satellites, while Fengyun-2 and Fengyun-4 operate in geostationary orbit.