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    In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, China's third geostationary meteorological satellite, the Fengyun-2-06, is launched on a Long March-3A carrier rocket at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, China

    China Launches New Weather Satellite Fengyun-4

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    According to media reports, China launched a new-generation meteorological satellite, the country's first quantitative remote-sensing satellite in high orbit.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) China launched a new-generation meteorological satellite, the country's first quantitative remote-sensing satellite in high orbit, Chinese media reported Wednesday.

    The satellite was taken into orbit on Sunday by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, Xinhua news agency reported.

    According to the media outlet, Fengyun-4 is capable of monitoring atmosphere continuously, helping to improve the quality of weather forecasts and prevent catastrophic consequences of natural disasters.

    China has sent 14 meteorological satellites into space, of which seven are still active.

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