Full Name FY-3C Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite Status Operational (extended)
Mission Agencies NSMC-CMA, NRSCC Launch Date 23 Sep 2013
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Dec 2023
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 39260 (TLE)
International Designator 2013-052A
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
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields GNOS, IRAS, MWHS-2, MWRI, MWTS-2
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature IRAS, MWRI, VIRR
Cloud particle properties and profile MWRI
Liquid water and precipitation rate MWRI
Radiation budget ERM-1, IRAS, SIM-2
Trace gases (excluding ozone) IRAS
Atmospheric Temperature Fields GNOS, IRAS, MWHS-2, MWRI, MWTS-2
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements SES
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-1 - Earth Radiation Measurement
GNOS - GNSS Radio Occultation Sounder
IRAS - InfraRed Atmospheric Sounder
MERSI - Medium Resolution Spectral Imager
MWHS-2 - Improved MicroWave Humidity Sounder
MWRI - Micro-Wave Radiation Imager
MWTS-2 - Micro-Wave Temperature Sounder-2
SES - Space Environment Suite, improved SEM
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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