China uses so­lar­pow­ered sub­mersible to de­tect typhoon

Fiji Sun - - ASIA/CHINA NEWS -

Bei­jing: Sci­en­tists have used a so­lar-pow­ered un­manned sub­mersible to ob­tain real-time ob­ser­va­tion data of Typhoon Sin­laku, sources with the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said on Wed­nes­day.

De­vel­oped by the academy’s In­sti­tute of At­mo­spheric Physics, the ve­hi­cle is called Ma­rine Weather Ob­server-3 (MWO-3) and is a semisub­mersible. It is a key part of a typhoon ob­ser­va­tion pro­gramme led by the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Chen Hong­bin, chief sci­en­tist of the sub­mersible pro­gramme, said the MWO-3 was equipped with me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal and ocean ob­ser­va­tion sen­sors.

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