China Launches Meteorological Satellite FY-3D to Improve Weather Forecasting
Tang Shihua
/SOURCE : Yicai
China Launches Meteorological Satellite FY-3D to Improve Weather Forecasting

(Yicai Global) Nov. 15 -- China's Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center successfully launched FY-3D (Feng Yun 3D), a meteorological satellite, early this morning using carrier rocket LM-4C (Long March 4C). The satellite has successfully entered its planned orbit, state-owned news agency Xinhua reported.

FY-3D uses an infrared hyperspectral atmospheric sensor and advanced international Fourier interferometric detection technology to take more accurate readings of atmospheric temperature and humidity. The satellite will enhance the capacity of mid- and long-term numerical weather forecasting.

The satellite will network with FY-3C, which was launched in September 2013, to make atmospheric exploration more accurate and improve the nation's ability to monitor greenhouse gases and conduct meteorological detection.

China has launched 15 meteorological satellites today, with eight in orbit. Seven of these are running to provide global and regional information for a range of fields. Some 77 countries and regions use data from the Feng Yun satellite series, including 37 along the Belt and Road, according to data from China Meteorological Administration.

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Keywords: FY-3D , Satellite Launch , Atmosphere , Feng Yun , Weather , Climate