China will launch a second Olympic weather forecasting satellite, the Fengyun-3 (FY-3), on May 27, said the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) on Friday.
The new satellite will provide accurate and timely information about weather changes to facilitate more precise weather forecasts during the Beijing Olympic Games set to open on Aug. 8, said a CMA official.
The official added that the new satellite, with a bigger payload, would provide medium-range weather forecasts up to 10 to 15 days.
Zheng Guoguang, director of the CMA, said earlier the FY-3 would work with the existing FY-2 to ensure timely weather forecast during the Olympics.
(Xinhua News Agency May 23, 2008)