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Fengyun-3A Weather Satellite Begins Weather Monitoring
by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Jan 13, 2009China's new generation Fengyun-3A weather satellite started its round-the-clock operations on Monday, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).




File photo: Fengyun-1 satellite

CNSA director Sun Laiyan said the transfer of the satellite to the China Meteorological Administration marked the birth of China's new generation of polar-orbiting weather satellites.

The Fengyun-3 series of satellites were China's second generation of Polar-Orbiting Meteorological Satellites, which were able to provide global 3-dimensional atmospheric thermal image.

Their technology supports short-range weather forecasting and real-time monitoring of meteorological or hydrological disasters. They can also provide data to support research on global climate change.

The Fengyun-3A, together with the Fengyun-1D and Fengyun-2C, D and E, will form a satellite system to offer global around-the-clock weather monitoring.

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