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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - FY-3C -
Full Name FY-3C Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NSMC-CMA, NRSCC Launch Date 23 Sep 2013
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Dec 2018
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 10:00 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications Meteorology and environmental monitoring; data collection and redistribution. (Operational follow-on to FY-3B). FY-3C suffered a problem on May 30th 2015 and has recovered gradually over time. At present, 10 of 12 onboard instruments are back in operation.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields IMWAS, IRAS, MIRAS, MWHS-2, 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, MWHS-2, TOU/SBUS
Radiation budget ERM, IRAS, SIM, SIM-2
Trace gases (excluding ozone) IRAS
Atmospheric Temperature Fields IMWAS, IRAS, MIRAS, MWHS-2, MWRI
LandAlbedo and reflectance VIRR
Soil moisture MWRI
Vegetation MERSI
Surface temperature (land) IRAS, MWRI, 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
IMWAS - Improved MicroWave Atmospheric Sounder
IRAS - InfraRed Atmospheric Sounder
MERSI - Medium Resolution Spectral Imager
MIRAS - Multichannel Infrared Atmospheric Sounder
MWHS-2 - Improved MicroWave Humidity Sounder
MWRI - MicroWave Radiation Imager
MWTS-2 - Improved Microwave Temperature Sounder
SES - Space Environment Suite, improved SEM
SIM - Solar Irradiation Monitor
SIM-2 - Solar Irradiation Monitor-2
TOU/SBUS - Total Ozone Unit & Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Sounder
VIRR - Multispectral Visible and Infra-red Scan Radiometer (10 channels)
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