Wednesday, December 31, 2014

China Successfully Launches Meteorological Satellite Fengyun-II 08

The launch of Fengyun-II 08 satellite on Dec. 31, 2014. Credit: news.cn

China successfully launched Fengyun-II 08, its meteorological satellite, at 9:02 a.m. on Wednesday from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite will collect meteorological, maritime and hydrological data; and transmit information that will be used for weather forecasting and environment monitoring. Both the Long March 3A rocket, which was used to propel the satellite into space, and the satellite were made by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.

Instruments on board Fengyun-II 08 are the DCS (Data Collection Service), the SEM (Space Environment Monitor), the S-VISSR (Stretched Visible and Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer) and the SXM (Solar X-ray Monitor).

Today was the 203rd time a Long March rocket has been launched.

The development of the Fengyun-II geosynchronous meteorological satellite series began in the 1980s.

The previous satellite, Fengyun-II 07, was launched on Jan. 13, 2012, and works well in orbit.

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