Monday, September 23, 2013

China Launches New Weather Satellite

Long March-4C rocket launch with Feng Yun-3C satellite. Credit: chinanews.com

China successfully launched a meteorological satellite into orbit at 11:07 a.m. Monday, Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center said. The third Fengyun-III satellite, carried by a Long March-4C carrier rocket, will join the previous two which are in orbit to boost China's weather monitoring capabilities. The three Fengyun-III weather satellites, the country's second generation polar orbiting meteorological satellites, are useful in monitoring natural disasters and the eco-environment.

They also provide meteorological information for global climate change studies as well as aviation and navigation.

Scientists working on Feng Yun-3C satellite. Credit: spacechina.com
Scientists working on Feng Yun-3C satellite. Credit: spacechina.com

The network of satellites will also shorten the updating hours of medium-range weather forecasting from 12 to six.

The first and second Fengyun-III were launched in May 2008 and November 2010 respectively.

This marks the 181st launch carried by a Long March rocket, according to the center.

Credit: xinhuanet.com

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