Meteorological Observation Intensified

Created: 2013-06-04 09:39 EST

Category: China
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Meteorological observation at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China's Gansu Province has been stepped up to ensure the safe launch of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch in mid-June.

More than 45,000 sets of meteorological data are obtained and transmitted each day at the observatory during the spacecraft's pre-launch preparations.

[Fang Jinxiu, Meteorological Observer]:
"What I'm observing now is the direction and velocity of the wind in the 1,000-14,000-meter-high troposphere. The abnormal data of wind direction and velocity indicates that the weather may jeopardize the ascending of the rocket."

Meteorological data collected at some 30 observation points of the observatory will be transmitted to the satellite launch base for analysis and later weather forecast for the launch of the spacecraft.

Given that the launch of the Shenzhou-10 is scheduled for the summer, meteorological observation is focused on hazardous weather conditions including gales, sandstorms, torrential rains and thunderstorms.

The Shenzhou-10 has gone into the final phase of pre-launch preparations as the spacecraft and its carrier rocket were transferred to the launch site at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Monday.