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China launches second Olympic satellite

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posted on May, 27 2008 @ 09:58 AM
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BEIJING - China launched a weather forecasting satellite Tuesday to help predict weather for the Summer Olympics and earthquake recovery work.

The Fengyun-3 was launched on a Long March-4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi province, the China Meteorological Administration said. The satellite entered its preset orbit 20 minutes later, the administration said in a notice on its Web site.

The new-generation satellite includes three-dimensional sensors that can monitor the Earth's atmosphere and climate. It can also monitor the oceans and polar caps, it said.



space industry needs a lot of money ,i dont know if it is worth this much effort.

mod edit: added external quote tags and link to source.

[edit on 27-5-2008 by UK Wizard]




posted on May, 27 2008 @ 11:54 AM
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Could we have some more details on this payload?



posted on May, 27 2008 @ 12:14 PM
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The 5,060-pound satellite will help weather officials make more accurate forecasts during the Olympic Games in August. It will also help predict weather during the reconstruction of areas hit by the May 12 earthquake.



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