CMA seeks advices from senior experts on Chinese satellite development

19-11-2014 Source:China Meteorological News Press

Dr Zheng issued the letter of appointment to adviser.

The international strategic consultative meeting on Chinese met satellite programs was held.


On November 18, an international strategic consultative meeting on Chinese meteorological satellite programs was held in Shanghai, China. Senior satellite experts from home and abroad established a committee to give advices on the development of FY meteorological satellites.


The consultative committee is composed of Dr Tillmann Mohr, former Director of EUMETSAT and Special Adviser to Satellite Matters at WMO; Dr James Purdom, former Director of ORA at NESDIS and Special Adviser to DOBS on Integrated Observing Systems and Satellite Matters at WMO; Mr Zhang Wenjian, Director of Space Program at WMO; Dr Paul Menzel, former Director of CIMSS, University of Wisconsin; Mikael Rattenborg, former Director of Operation at EUMETSAT and freelance consultant for WMO; Lars Peter Riishojgaard; WIGOS Project Manager at WMO; Kenneth Holmlund, Head of Remote Sensing and Products Division at EUMETSAT; Teruyuki Nakajima, Prof. of University Tokyo, former chairman of ICRP and Chief Scientist for Japanese Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2; Dr Zeng Qingcun, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) with Institute of Atmospheric Physics; Dr Xu Jianmin Academician of Chinese Engineering Academy, with National Satellite Meteorological Centre; and Dr Guo Huadong, Academician of CAS with Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, CAS.


At the meeting, experts from National Satellite Meteorological Centre reported on the overall strategy and development planning of Chinese meteorological satellite programmes, the progress and challenges of FY-4 programme, and the plans for an end-to-end system of FY-4 satellites. Experts discussed on detailed issues on the geostationary satellite, FY-4 satellite programme and others.


At his opening remarks, Dr Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of China Meteorological Administration, said in the past 40 years, China has benefited from international cooperation and exchange in developing and utilizing meteorological satellites as well as being part of global satellite observing system. The significance of the establishment of this International Strategic Consultative Committee on Chinese Meteorological Satellite Programs is to receive more advice on the development of the future Fengyun Satellite Program, and to ensure the FY related programs, including their payloads, ground segments, data utilization, and other scientific issues are developed in a coordinated manner, stressed Zheng.


With 40-year history of meteorological satellite development, China has developed two series satellite observing platforms consisting of geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites. So far, 13 FY satellites have been successfully launched. China provides, through satellite broadcasting, satellite data, products and meteorological services directly to the users in 22 countries and regions, and became an important part of GEONETCast and WMO Information System。


In accordance with the new development plan which was proved by the Chinese government in 2012, CMA will put 10 more satellites into orbit by 2020 which includes the 8th satellite of the FY-2 series at the end of this year. (Nov. 18)


Reporter Zhang Yong

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