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China Launches New Meteorological Satellite: Reports

© REUTERS / StringeThe Fengyun-II 08 satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province
The Fengyun-II 08 satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province - Sputnik International
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China has launched a new meteorological satellite from the country's southwest, Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

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MOSCOW, December 31 (Sputnik) The Fengyun-II 08 satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, will be used to collect meteorological and environmental information. The data will be used for weather forecasting and climate monitoring, Xinhua reported.

The satellite and the Long March 3A rocket, which delivered the satellite to near-earth orbit, were constructed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, according to news agency.

The country's previous weather satellite, Fengyun-II 07, was launched in January 2012 and is still in orbit.

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China has recently boosted its development of space technologies. In November, the country's Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation announced that it was planning to launch about 120 applied satellites in preparation for a national space infrastructure in the future that will include 70 satellites for environmental monitoring, 20 communication satellites and 30 navigation satellites. China plans to start operating its own space station in 2020, according to the China National Space Administration.

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