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Fengyun 2F



Fengyun-2F, a Chinese weather satellite, was launched from Xichang on 13 January 2012 at 00:56 UT by a Long March 3A rocket. The satellite weighed approximately 1369 kg. Fengyun-2F, also known as FY-2F, is part of the Fengyun 2 meteorological satellite series. It will collect real-time weather imagery every 15 minutes for forecasters in China and neighboring countries. The craft carries instruments for visible and infrared high-resolution cloud imagery and for monitoring space weather. The satellite will raise its orbit to an altitude of 22,300 miles over the equator and position itself over the equator at 112 degrees east longitude. Fengyun 2F will begin its operational life as a backup satellite, serving with other previously launched weather satellites. Fengyun 2F will have a design life of four years, an improvement over the previously launched Fengyun 2 satellite series.

Alternate Names

  • 38049
  • Fengyun2F

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-01-13
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3A
Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 1369 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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