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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - FY-3A -
Full Name FY-3A Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NSMC-CMA, NRSCC Launch Date 27 May 2008
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Dec 2017
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.753 deg
Orbit Altitude 830 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 10:10 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications Meteorology and environmental monitoring; data collection and redistribution.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields IRAS, MWAS, MWHS, MWRI
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature IRAS, MWRI, VIRR
Cloud particle properties and profile MWRI
Liquid water and precipitation rate MWRI
Ozone IRAS, MWAS, TOU/SBUS
Radiation budget ERM, IRAS, SIM
Trace gases (excluding ozone) IRAS
Atmospheric Temperature Fields IRAS, MWAS, MWRI, MWTS
LandAlbedo and reflectance VIRR
Soil moisture MWRI
Vegetation MERSI
Surface temperature (land) IRAS, MWRI, MWTS, VIRR
Multi-purpose imagery (land) VIRR
OceanOcean colour/biology MERSI
Ocean surface winds MWRI
Surface temperature (ocean) IRAS, MWRI, VIRR
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth MWRI
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness MWRI
Mission Instruments
ERM - Earth Radiation Measurement
IRAS - InfraRed Atmospheric Sounder
MERSI - Medium Resolution Spectral Imager
MWAS - MicroWave Atmospheric Sounder
MWHS - MicroWave Humidity Sounder
MWRI - MicroWave Radiation Imager
MWTS - Microwave Temperature Sounder
SEM - Space Environment Monitor
SIM - Solar Irradiation Monitor
TOU/SBUS - Total Ozone Unit & Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Sounder
VIRR - Multispectral Visible and Infra-red Scan Radiometer (10 channels)
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