by Staff Writers
Beijing, China (XNA) May 31, 2011
China's Fengyun-3B (FY-3B) weather satellite will go into official operation on Thursday after finishing a six-month trial period.
The transfer of the satellite to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) means that China's weather satellite system is now at an "advanced level," according to a statement from the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said in a statement.
The satellite, launched on November 5 last year, was designed with a lifespan of three years, the statement said.
The FY-3B will join the FY-3A, another Chinese weather satellite, to create a comprehensive weather satellite system, according to the statement.
According to the National Satellite Meteorological Center, the deployment of the FY-3B will enhance China's ability to monitor the Earth's weather and environment.
Source: Source: Xinhua
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Caracas (AFP) May 27, 2011
Venezuela and China will develop an observation satellite to be built in Asia and launched from South America in 2012, according to Venezuela's science and technology minister. Ricardo Menendez said Thursday that the earth-observation satellite, to be built at a cost of $140 million, would be used to monitor troop movements and illegal mining as well as study climate change and the environme ... read more
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