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Fengyun 4A Satellite Becomes Officially Operational, Benefiting 80 Countries and Regions in the World
By zero-hour on May 8th, all national-level meteorological service platforms had completed satellite switching from Fengyun 2 to Fengyun4, which enable users in China and Asian-Pacific region to have access to the data of Fengyun 4A Satellite, indicating the official operation of the Fengyun 4A satellite.
Graph of Lighting Distribution within the Observation Coverage Area obtained by Lightning Mappping Imager of Fengyun 4A Satelllite
The first batch of data released containing 23 kinds of products such as atmosphere, clouds, sandstorms, rainfalls, radiation and lightning, will provide important support for and be of great significance for weather forecasting and disaster prevention and warning for China and its neighboring areas particularly countries and regions along the Belt and Road.
The Fengyun 4A, developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, was successfully launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on December 11, 2016. After a full-scale test on in-orbit operation, the satellite was handed over to China Meteorological Administration for application on September 25, 2017.
The Long March 3B carrier rocket successfully launched Fengyun 4 Satellite
Fengyun 4 Satellite in outer space
The Fengyun 4A Satellite is supposed to release high-accuracy meteorological remote sensing products to coverage areas all year round at a sustained and stable pace, with only 15-mins interval at midnight every day, and provide satellite materials and products for 2500 domestic users and 80 countries and regions in the world.
After 40 years’ development, China has successfully launched 16 Fengyun meteorological satellites, nine of which are in-orbit operation and created a landscape featuring a combined network of morning and night satellites at low orbit as well as several satellites with coordinated operation, backup and timely encryption at high-orbit. Fengyun meteorological satellite family include Fengyun 1, 2, 3 and 4 satellites, all of which were developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology.
Reprinted from WeChat public platform "Shanghai aerospace"