According to Xinhua’s report, the “Fingyün-3 07” satellite was launched from the Ciuçuen Satellite Center in the Gobi Desert with a Long March-4B rocket.
After launching, the satellite will deploy to its designated position in Low Earth Orbit and will provide weather forecasting, disaster prevention, climate change combat and ecological protection services.
The launch was the 471st successful transport mission with the Long March rocket.
From the Fıngyün meteorological satellites, which were first launched in 1988, 21 satellites in 4 classes have been sent to space. Fıngyün-1 and Fıngyün-3 satellites are located in Low Earth Orbit, Lunar Synchronous Orbit and Sun Synchronous Orbit, and Fıngyün-2 and Fıngyün-4 satellites are located in Earth Synchronous Orbit.
The China Meteorological Administration uses satellites developed by Shanghai Space Flight Technology (SAST).
China targeted the Fıngyün-1C satellite for an anti-satellite missile test in 2007. The satellite’s disintegration had revealed space debris consisting of more than 3,000 high-velocity fragments in Solar Synchronous Orbit.