China: Fengyun Weather Satellite successfully launched

Northern China seen from Space.
Northern China seen from Space.
Credits: ESA

In late September, China's Long March 4C launch vehicle has launched the Fengyun 3C meteorological satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

SpaceFlight101 reported: "The Fengyun 3C (=Wind & Clouds) satellite is the third in China's second-generation of operational low-orbiting meteorological satellites built by the Shanghai Academy of Space Technology. The FY-3 platform is three-axis stabilized with precise pointing capability.

FY-3 satellites carry a single sun-tracking solar array and feature a satellite bus capable of carrying a number of payloads to provide global all-weather Earth observations in multiple spectral bands. The satellites also support three dimensional imaging."