Fengyun 2-05

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Fengyun 2-05
Mission type Weather
Operator National Satellite Meteorological Centre
COSPAR ID 2006-053A
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 1,380 kilograms (3,040 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 8 December 2006, 00:53 (2006-12-08UTC00:53Z) UTC
Rocket Chang Zheng 3A Y11
Launch site Xichang LA-2
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geosynchronous
Longitude 86.5° East

Fengyun 2-05, also known as Fengyun 2D is a Chinese weather satellite which was launched in 2006.[1] It was the fourth satellite to be launched of the Fengyun 2 series, and the second operational spacecraft. It is part of the Fengyun programme.

A Long March 3A carrier rocket was used to launch Fengyun 2-05, flying from Launch Area 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. The launch took place at 00:53 UTC (08:53 CST) on 8 December 2006,[2] with the carrier rocket placing the satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. An FG-36 apogee motor was then used to raise the satellite into geosynchronous orbit.[3] By 7 February 2007, it was in an orbit with a perigee of 35,787 kilometres (22,237 mi), and apogee of 35,788 kilometres (22,238 mi), and 2.4 degrees inclination.[4] It is positioned at a longitude of 86.5 degrees east.[5]


  1. ^ "Long March Rocket Lifts Chinese Weather Satellite". SpaceNews.com. Retrieved 16 July 2012. The satellite's predecessors, Fengyun 2-04 and Fengyun 2-05, were launched in 2004 and 2006, respectively. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "FY 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Pan, Letian (8 December 2006). "China launches 2nd geostationary orbit weather satellite". Chinese Government. Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2012.