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FENGYUN 2F

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FENGYUN 2F is classified as:


NORAD ID: 38049
Int'l Code: 2012-002A
Perigee: 35,788.5 km
Apogee: 35,802.4 km
Inclination: 1.6 °
Period: 1,436.2 minutes
Semi major axis: 42166 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   17087.74120611 -.00000370 +00000-0 +00000-0 0  9995
2 38049 001.5506 077.8381 0001649 167.9796 319.4154 01.00265777019127
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC