New meteorological satellite ready for use

11:18, May 27, 2011      

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The State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) held a handover ceremony for the Fengyun No. 3B meteorological satellite in Beijing on May 26, which consigned the satellite to China Meteorological Administration to be put into use.

This event marks great progress for China in the field of polar orbiting meteorological satellites, symbolizing China's meteorological satellite technology has reached the world's advanced level.

There have been 11 Fengyun series meteorological satellites successfully launched, six of which are operating well. China is one of the few countries in the world which owns both polar orbiting and geo-stationary orbiting meteorological satellites, said Hu Yafeng, deputy chief of SASTIND.

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