China launches Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite to benefit Belt and Road countries and APSCO Member States

The Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite, carried by a Long March-3A rocket, is launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, at 9:07 p.m., Beijing Time, June 5, 2018.The satellite is used to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting and provide better meteorological services to countries participating in the Belt and Road and the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) Member States Initiative. Dr Li Xinjun, the Secretary General of APSCO went to Xichang Satellite Launch Center and observed launch.

In response to a request from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and APSCO, the position of Fengyun-2H will be changed from original 86.5 degrees east longitude to 79 degrees east longitude. This means the Fengyun series satellites will be able to cover all the territory of China, as well as countries along the Belt and Road, the Indian Ocean and most African countries, according to the CNSA. The adjustment will enable the Fengyun series satellites to acquire meteorological data over a wider range, improve weather forecasting accuracy and the ability to cope with climate change and mitigate losses caused by natural disasters.

By equipped with a scanning radiometer and space environment monitor, Fengyun-2H will provide real time cloud and water vapor images and space weather information to clients in the Asia-Pacific region. The Belt and Road region and APSCO Member States, which are mainly high mountains, deserts and oceans, lack of meteorological information. Damage from natural disasters, especially meteorological disasters, in the region is more than double the world average. After four months of in-orbit tests, Fengyun-2H will provide data to help Belt and Road countries and APSCO Member States better cope with natural hazards. China will offer data of the Fengyun series free to Belt and Road countries and APSCO member countries.

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