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FY-2H reached 79°East ready to provide custom-made services for countries along "Belt and Road"

10-08-2018Source:China Meteorological News Press

On July 28, it’s reported that FY-2H meteorological satellite has reached 79°East setpoint position, and sent back high-quality monitoring images. Then, it will kick off 2-month in-orbit testing and provide custom-made services for countries along “Belt and Road”, all parties of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and Arab countries.

On 21:07 p.m. BJT, June 5, the FY-2H, carried by a Long March-3A rocket, was launched. Countries along “Belt and Road” territories are deficient in meteorological data and subject to grave natural disasters. In response to a request from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), the setpoint position of the newly launched FY-2H has been placed westward. State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defence, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and APSCO signed an intent of cooperation to finalize that FY-2H be moved westward by 7.5°, to 79°East.

FY-2H is positioned over Indian Ocean and has realized the sustained observation of one third of the Earth's territories from Oceania to Central Africa and can provide favorable observation perspectives and custom-made high frequency sub-regional observation for countries and regions like West Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and Europe.

FY-2H, equipped with a scanning radiometer and space environment monitor, can supply dozens of remote sensing products like cloud images, clear sky atmospheric radiation, sand and dust, and Cloud Motion Wind (CMW) for weather prediction, disaster early warning, and environmental monitoring, and enrich data sources of global NWP models.

Wei Caiying, deputy-director of National Satellite Meteorological Center introduces that NSMC will make services plans according to needs and provide more efficient and convenient data products via various ways.

In addition, the China Meteorological Administration is making efforts to promote users' application capabilities. Currently, 25 international training courses on satellite applications have been held. More than 430 trainees from around the world participated in the training. (Aug.9)

Editor Hao Jing