A Long March-4C rocket carrying the Fengyun-3E (FY-3E) satellite blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, July 5, 2021. (Photo by Wang Jiangbo/Xinhua)
BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- China plans to launch two more Fengyun series meteorological satellites in 2023, according to the country's meteorological administration.
One of the planned satellites, Fengyun-3F (FY-3F), is a morning orbit satellite that will replace the FY-3C satellite to provide services in areas such as weather forecasting and ecological environment and disaster monitoring.
Equipped with 10 payloads, the satellite is scheduled to be launched in August.
The other satellite, FY-3G, is a precipitation measurement satellite mainly used to monitor heavy precipitation in the disastrous weather system and provide 3D structure information of precipitation in middle and low latitudes around the world.
Equipped with four payloads, the satellite is scheduled to be launched in April.
Once they are placed in orbit, China will become the only country in the world to operate civil meteorological satellites in dawn-dusk, morning, afternoon and inclined orbits at the same time.
China has launched 19 satellites of the Fengyun family, seven of which are currently in orbit, providing data products and services to 126 countries and regions globally. ■