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Fengyun-2F Meteorological Satellite Transferred to CMA
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2012-08-24
BEIJING, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's forecasts of severe weather conditions are set to be improved after the Fengyun-2F was officially transferred to the meteorological authority on Monday.

The nation's fourth geostationary orbit weather satellite, has been operating smoothly during a test period, since it was launched on Jan. 13, 2012, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

A transfer ceremony of the satellite to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) took place on Monday.

With a life span of four years, the Fengyun-2F has higher accuracy and more flexible high-frequency measuring capabilities. The satellite is able to forecast a typhoon's position and intensity ten minutes earlier than current equipment, according to the CMA.

The Fengyun-2F will form a network with Fengyun-2D and Fengyun-2E to improve weather monitoring.