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FY 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F, 3G


FY-3 (Feng Yun 3) is the second generation of chinese polar orbiting meteorological satellites, which are the follow-on to the FY-1 series.

The three-axis stabilized satellites feature on solar panel and following instruments:

  • VIRR (Visible and Infrared Radiometer)
  • IRAS (Infrared Atmospheric Sounder)
  • MWTS (Microwave Temperature Sounder)
  • MWHS (Microwave Humidity Sounder)
  • MERSI (Medium Resolution Spectral Imager)
  • SBUS (Solar Backscattering UV Sounder)
  • TOU (Total Ozone Unit)
  • MWRI (Microwave Radiation Imager)
  • ASI (Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer)
  • ERM (Earth Radiation Measurement)
  • SEM (Space Environment Monitor)
  • SIM (Solar Irradiation Monitor)
Nation: China
Type / Application: Meteorology
Operator: National Satellite Meteorological Centre
Contractors: SAST
Power: Deployable solar array, batteries
Lifetime: 3 years (4 years goal)
Mass: 2200 kg
Orbit: 806 km × 810 km, 98.8
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
FY 3A 2008-026A 27.05.2008 TY LC-7 CZ-4C
FY 3B 2010-059A 04.11.2010 TY LC-9 CZ-4C
FY 3C 2013-052A 23.09.2013 TY LC-9 CZ-4C
FY 3D - 2016 TY LC-9 CZ-4C
FY 3E - 2017 TY LC-9 CZ-4C
FY 3F - 2019 TY LC-9 CZ-4C
FY 3G - 2022 TY LC-9 CZ-4C