The Fengyun-3F (FY-3F) satellite officially began operational services on Monday after in-orbit testing reviews of the ground and application system and operational tests, according to its ground application system operator, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).

The FY-3F satellite will take over the in-orbit functions of the FY-3C satellite and provide services in areas such as weather forecasting, climate prediction, disaster monitoring and environmental monitoring.

Equipped with 10 operational instruments, the satellite is capable of performing full-spectrum, high-spectrum and quantitative observations. These capabilities significantly increase the accuracy of observation of global atmospheric and surface environmental conditions, including information on the atmospheric temperature and humidity profile, trace gases and the Earth’s radiation budget.

During its in-orbit test and trial operation phases, the satellite-ground system operated reliably, ensuring smooth progress in the tests. It has already shown practical benefits by effectively monitoring weather events, such as the recent heavy rainfall in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, according to the AMC.


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