Storm III (FY-3) satellite is China's second-generation polar orbit meteorological satellite, which is the basis of FY-1 meteorological satellite technology on the development and improvement in ... function and technology a big step forward with qualitative change, specific requirements to solve the three-dimensional atmospheric detection, ability to obtain substantial increase in global data to further enhance the cloud and surface characteristics of remote sensing capabilities, enabling access to global, all-weather, three-dimensional, quantitative, multi-spectral atmosphere, surface and sea surface parameters. FY-3 meteorological satellite applications for purposes such as four aspects:
● the provision of global numerical weather prediction for the medium-term resolution of the meteorological parameters uniform.
● study of global change, including climate variation, climate prediction for the variety of meteorological and geophysical parameters.
● monitoring of large-scale natural disasters and the surface environment.
● for a variety of professional activities (aviation, maritime, etc.) of any region to provide global weather information, meteorological support services for the military.
FY-3 research and production is divided into two batches, 01 batches of two satellites, FY-3A has been on 7 May 2008 successfully launched. 02 star award in 2010 after the launch, and some remote sensing instruments for the addition, replacement and performance improvements, FY-3 satellites will apply 15 years.