BackForward Satellite Programme: Feng Yun 3 - Rainfall Measurement 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Series of operational meteorological satellites in low-inclination orbit addressing precipitation observation.  Feng-Yun means “Wind and Cloud”.
  • Chinese programme: CNSA responsible of the development of the space segment, CMA responsible of mission requirements definition, development of the ground segment and full system operation.
  • The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time of the satellites is 3 years.
  • The satellites provide frequent coverage of the inter-tropical and low-mid latitudes.
  • The replacement policy is based on launching satellites at 3-4 year intervals.
  • Detailed description not officially available.
Data circulation
  • TBD
Programme lifetime 2023 - 2030
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned