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FENGYUN 2F

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FENGYUN 2F is classified as:


NORAD ID: 38049
Int'l Code: 2012-002A
Perigee: 35,788.7 km
Apogee: 35,805.3 km
Inclination: 1.2 °
Period: 1,436.3 minutes
Semi major axis: 42167 km
RCS: 12.5893 m2 (large)
Launch date: January 13, 2012
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
Launch site: Xichang Space Center, China (XSC)

Fengyun 2F will enter service for the China Meteorological Administration. The spacecraft will collect real-time weather imagery every 15 minutes for forecasters in China and neighboring countries. The satellite will position itself over the equator at 112 degrees east longitude. Fengyun 2F will begin its operational life as a backup satellite, serving with other weather satellites launched in 2006 and 2008. Fengyun 2F features improvements over earlier Fengyun 2-series satellites, including an extension of its design life to four years. The craft carries instruments for visible and infrared high-resolution cloud imagery and for monitoring space weather.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 38049U 12002A   19143.92163481 -.00000362 +00000-0 +00000-0 0  9993
2 38049 001.1880 081.7986 0001974 084.0984 158.8365 01.00260255027003
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC