Long March Series – China Second, Third Guesses Mother Nature

December 29, 2008 / 1 Comment

China is second guessing, third guessing Mother Nature. The Middle Kingdom launched its third geostationary meteorological satellite – the Fengyun-2-06 as part of its Long March Series.

The satellite weighs in at 1,390kg and was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology in cahoots with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

fengyun 2 06 geostationary meteorological satellite Long March Series   China Second, Third Guesses Mother Nature

The 2-06 is the third in the series and is to play a part in weather forecasting (weather guessing) for China and her neighbors, all in hopes of reducing the impacts of disasters.

China has sent 115 missions into space as part of China’s Long March Series of Rockets launched in 1970. China also hopes to be a better player and partner in international meterological organizations.

I don’t know what this satellite launch costs, but I wonder if money might not have been better spent on the ground, shoring up mountains and providing break walls and dams and such.

What do you think?

Source: Xinhuanet