14 new satellites in orbit will help warn of disasters
China will put weather satellites into service by 2025, an increase from the current seven, to better monitor weather patterns and warn of potential disasters.
Since 1988, China has launched 14 satellites in its Fengyun series for meteorological observation and related services. Of those, only seven still operate, Zheng Guoguang, head of the China Meteorological Administration, said. The seven scan the world every 25 minutes and certain regions every six minutes, the national meteorological authority said.
Together, all the satellites, both geostationary and orbiting, are expected to provide complete global weather monitoring and put China on the short list of countries that build both types, said Yang Baohua, deputy manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The United States and Europe also build both types.