21 August 2009 The microwave sensor status and future developing plan of China meteorological satellites
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Active and passive microwave sensor are very important for atmospheric and surface parameters monitoring. In past decades, microwave sensors like SSM/I, AMSR-E and PR have got great achievements in measuring global temperature profile and Precipitation, as well as surface parameters like soil moisture and snow water equivalent. FY3 series satellite is the new generation meteorological satellites of China. Its main objective is to provide data needed for meteorological application. There are 2 microwave sounders and 1 microwave imager onboard the FY3 satellite, provide the air temperature, humidity and surface parameters information under all weather conditions. we plan to develop our own active microwave sensor In FY3-02 series satellites, which is planed to be launched in 2012. In FY3-02 series, the active microwave sensor, together with other two sensors, are to be setting in a low altitude orbit satellite, together with other two mid-altitude satellites, consists the whole FY3-02 series meteorological satellite constellation. The main target of the active microwave sensor is to monitor the precipitation and disaster weather in global scale.
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Hu Yang, Naimeng Lu, Zhiqiang Ge, Honggang Yin, "The microwave sensor status and future developing plan of China meteorological satellites", Proc. SPIE 7452, Earth Observing Systems XIV, 745213 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.833758; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.833758

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