New info about Feng Yung launch

Agapov Vladimir (avm@kiam1.rssi.ru)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 19:59:44 +0400 (MSD)

Hello,

Here is launch announcement for Feng Yung 2 and recent TLEs from OIG.

1 24834U 97029A   97161.72712127 -.00000290  00000-0  00000+0 0    61
2 24834   1.2465 265.7513 0217456 328.8515  30.8640  1.02747852    04
1 24834U 97029A   97162.23593262 -.00000239  00000-0  00000+0 0    91
2 24834   1.2471 266.6821 0239579 330.9126 216.1211  1.03118945    04

Best regards,
   Vladimir Agapov.
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BEIJING XINHUA IN ENGLISH 1434 GMT 10 JUN 97

   FBIS TRANSCRIBED TEXT  XICHANG, JUNE 10 (XINHUA) -- CHINA
SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED A METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITE HERE AT 20:01
BEIJING TIME 1201 GMT TODAY.
   THE SATELLITE, CALLED THE FENGYUN 2, IS A SECOND-GENERATION
METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITE DEVELOPED BY CHINESE SCIENTISTS.  IT WAS
LAUNCHED BY A LONG MARCH 3 CARRIER ROCKET AT THE XICHANG SATELLITE
LAUNCHING CENTER IN SOUTHWEST CHINA'S SICHUAN PROVINCE.
   TWENTY-THREE MINUTES AFTER THE LAUNCHING, THE SATELLITE AND THE
ROCKET SEPARATED, AND THE SATELLITE WENT INTO ITS PREDETERMINED
ORBIT.
   THIS IS THE 45TH TIME THAT A SATELLITE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY A
LONG MARCH CARRIER ROCKET.
   PREMIER LI PENG HAS SHOWED GREAT CONCERN FOR THE LAUNCHING, AND
INQUIRED ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THE LAUNCHING SEVERAL TIMES.
   LIU HUAQING, STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE POLITICAL BUREAU
OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE AND VICE-CHAIRMAN
OF THE CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION, CAME TO THE LAUNCHING SITE TO
EXAMINE THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE LAUNCHING.
   THE FENGYUN 2 SATELLITE WAS DEVELOPED MAINLY BY THE SHANGHAI
AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE UNDER THE CHINA AEROSPACE
CORPORATION.  WEIGHING 1.38 TONS, THE SATELLITE IS EQUIPPED WITH A
SCANNING RADIOMETER, A CLOUD COVERAGE INFORMATION SYSTEM, AND A
DATA COLLECTION TRANSLATOR.  THE SATELLITE IS DESIGNED TO HAVE A
LIFE SPAN OF THREE YEARS.
   DIFFERENT FROM THE TWO FENGYUN 1 SYNCHRONOUS SOLAR ORBIT
METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES LAUNCHED IN 1988 AND 1990, THE FENGYUN 2
IS A METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITE THAT IS IN SYNCHRONOUS ORBIT WITH
THE EARTH.
   THE FENGYUN 2 CAN COVER ABOUT 100 MILLION SQ KM OF EARTH
SURFACE, KEEPING CHINA AT THE CENTER.  IT CAN ALSO PROVIDE
METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION SUCH AS CLOUD MAPS, TEMPERATURES, AND
WIND MOVEMENTS OVER CHINA AND ITS NEIGHBORS.
   THE SATELLITE WILL HELP IMPROVE MEDIUM- AND LONG-TERM WEATHER
FORECASTS AND THOSE FOR NATURAL DISASTERS IN THE COUNTRY.
   IT IS REPORTED THAT THE SATELLITE HAS BEEN OPERATING NORMALLY,
AND THE XI'AN SATELLITE CONTROL CENTER AND MARINE SURVEYING SHIPS
WILL TRACK AND CONTROL THE SATELLITE, WHICH WILL BE POSITIONED
OVER THE EQUATOR AT 105 DEGREES EAST LONGITUDE.
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-- 
Vladimir M. Agapov |                  Ballistic Center of
Moscow, Russia     |    the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics RAN
                   |                    Moscow, Russia
                   | tel. +7-095-333-8067 (work), e-mail: avm@kiam1.rssi.ru