THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - FY-3B -
Full Name FY-3B Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NSMC-CMA, NRSCC Launch Date 05 Nov 2010
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Dec 2019
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 101 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.753 deg
Orbit Altitude 830 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 14:00 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications Meteorology and environmental monitoring; data collection and redistribution. (Experimental pre-cursor to FY-3C).
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields IRAS, MWHS-1, 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, TOU/SBUS
Radiation budget ERM-1, IRAS, SIM
Trace gases (excluding ozone) IRAS
Atmospheric Temperature Fields IRAS, MWRI, MWTS-1
LandAlbedo and reflectance VIRR
Soil moisture MWRI
Vegetation MERSI
Surface temperature (land) IRAS, MWRI, MWTS-1, 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-1 - Earth Radiation Measurement
IRAS - InfraRed Atmospheric Sounder
MERSI - Medium Resolution Spectral Imager
MWHS-1 - Micro-Wave Humidity Sounder
MWRI - Micro-Wave Radiation Imager
MWTS-1 - Micro-Wave 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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