On January 2 the local time, the delivery and commissioning ceremony of FY-2 Satellite Data Direct Broadcasting Receiving System (hereafter referred to as FY-2 Satellite Data Direct Broadcasting Receiving System) donated by China Meteorological Administration (CMA) was held in Mozambique National Institute of Meteorology (INAM). Mr. Su Jian, Chinese ambassador to Mozambique and Manuela Joaquim Rebelo, Vice Minister of Mozambican Ministry of Transport and Communication attended the ceremony. Mozambique is the first African country to apply this system and will obtain 24/7 back-to-back meteorological satellite monitoring service, which will elevate its weather forecast and disaster preparedness capacity.
Chinese ambassador to Mozambique handed over FY-2 satellite direct data reception station to Vice Minister of Mozambican Ministry of Transport and Communication Credits: National Satellite Meteorological Center
Mussa Mustafa, deputy director general of INAM showcased the FY-2 meteorological satellite application platform to representatives at the ceremony Credits: NSMCDuring the 18th World Meteorological Congress held in June, 2019, CMA and INAM signed FY satellite application cooperative agreement. Ms. Liu Yaming, Administrator of CMA remarked that CMA would implement the key spirit of the remarks made by Chinese President Xi Jinping on FY satellites serving Belt and Road, adopt active measures to elevate international application of FY satellites, set up FY ESM, and provide services for disaster preparedness and socio-economic development of countries along Belt and Road.
Mozambique is located in the south of Africa, which is vulnerable to frequent meteorological disasters like tropical cyclone. In 2019, it has activated FY ESM for three times and requested CMA to provide FY satellite data products for this region. The donated system this time will play a role in filling up the vacancies of space-based monitoring of Mozambique. Currently, the system signal reception is good and the operation and data storage is smooth.
FY-2 satellite direct data receiving station and lightning protection facilities Credits: NSMC
Prior to that, CMA has dispatched experts to carry out installation and deployment tasks of the FY-2 Satellite Data Direct Broadcasting Receiving System and SWAP. They have also carried out technical training targeted at the application of FY satellites in weather, environment, and emergency response as well as disaster mitigation.
Group photo of CMA experts and trainees of INAM Credits: NMSC
Author: Lu Jian, Xian Di, Liu Chang
Editor: Liu Shuqiao