14 new satel­lites in or­bit will help warn of dis­as­ters

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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