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Fengyun-2C Satellite Exceeds Planned Mission Life
SOURCE: China Space News     UPDATED: 2012-10-29
BEIJING, Oct. 25. (China Space News) — As of October 19, the meteorological satellite Fengyun-2C had been in orbit for eight years.

Developed by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), Fengyun-2C was designed for three years in space, but has continued to operate for a further five years.

The Fengyun-2 series is China's first generation of geostationary meteorological satellites. The series includes four geostationary meteorological satellites, namely Fengyun-2C -- China's first geostationary orbit weather satellite -- Fengyun-2D, Fengyun-2E and Fengyun-2F.

After operating at 105° degrees East Longitude for five years, Fengyun-2C was replaced by Fengyun-2E on November 25, 2009, and was then moved to 123.5° degrees East Longitude.

Fengyun-2C can provide continuous meteorological monitoring and has played an important role in weather forecasting and disaster reduction for China and other countries.