China launches second weather satellite for the Olympics

May 27th, 2008 - 1:18 pm ICT by admin  

Taiyuan (China), May 27 (Xinhua) China Tuesday launched its second Olympic weather forecasting satellite, the Fengyun-3, to ensure timely weather forecasts during the Olympics. The satellite was launched on a Long March-4C carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi province at 11.02 a.m.

Zheng Guoguang, director of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), said the FY-3 would work with the existing FY-2.

China has launched eight meteorological satellites since research started in the 1970s. Its first Olympic weather forecasting satellite, the FY-2D, was launched towards the end of 2006.

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