China to launch 12 weather satellites by 2020

Last Updated: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 14:28

Beijing: China will launch 12 meteorological satellites before 2020 to boost the country`s weather monitoring capabilities, an official said Saturday.

The satellites would be among 14 scheduled to be launched as part of a 10-year plan of the China Meteorological Administration, its director Zheng Guoguang told Xinhua.

"The launch of these satellites will dramatically boost China`s weather monitoring capabilities, providing better services for a variety of industries," he said.

Zheng is a member of the national committee of the Chinese People`s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country`s top political advisory body.

On Jan 13, China successfully launched the Fengyun-II 07 meteorological satellite from its Xichang satellite launch centre.

The Fengyun-II 07 -- the 13th such satellite launched by China since 1988 -- would be used for monitoring emergency natural disasters, Zheng said.

IANS



First Published: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 14:28

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