Data for NOAA meteorological satellites can be downloaded through the NOAA CLASS archive.

Where, if anywhere, can I download data for the Chinese FY-3* meteorological satellites?

  • looking for something like this: satellite.cma.gov.cn/arssen ? It appears you have to pay for some, if not most, of the data though. May 9, 2013 at 9:13
  • Also search govinfo.nlc.gov.cn
    – Dan
    May 9, 2013 at 21:04
  • @fgregg OK I posted an answer
    – Dan
    May 10, 2013 at 7:08
  • @fgregg Because I know nothing about satellites and I was trying to understand the question first. May 10, 2013 at 8:30
  • gerrit, do you want data ABOUT these satellites (position, age, name, technologies, etc) or data TAKEN BY these satellites (images, measures)?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Oct 16, 2014 at 10:16

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Try http://satellite.cma.gov.cn/portalsite/Data/Satellite.aspx?currentculture=en-US

Satellite data download page

You can then download a "quickview" by clicking the little "picture" icon: enter image description here

The full resolution data seemingly require payment.

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Try FENGYUN Satellite Data Center. Getting the data from it can be a little tricky.

First click one of the icons:

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In the next page, remember to select one of the "products" before clicking "next": enter image description here

I haven't really used the system. It seems you need to pay for the data. However, "quickviews" are free:

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  • I removed my reference to the 风云 satellite data center in my answer since you found this.
    – Dan
    May 10, 2013 at 19:06
  • Andy, the link now returns an error...
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Oct 16, 2014 at 10:16
  • @NicolasRaoul Thanks for pointing out. I think they changed the website interface and I've updated the answer accordingly. Oct 25, 2014 at 15:15

I first searched the Chinese Government's Public Information site for FY-3 and found 8 articles related to this kind of satellite, but no data sets. The articles had to do with beginning to use these satellites for various meteorological projects (November 2009) and the development of a system for processing this data (articles from 2009-2011). I did not see any actual data sets, however.

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    If you search "风云" (which FY stands for) on the govinfo site, you'll get 738 results. :) May 10, 2013 at 8:35
  • Yes "Fengyun." If you answer, I'll gladly remove the second paragraph of my answer and vote yours up. You clearly know more about it than me - that's why I only commented originally.
    – Dan
    May 10, 2013 at 15:21
  • Here are the results if you search "风云": govinfo.nlc.gov.cn/search/…
    – Dan
    May 10, 2013 at 15:23

Try checking the UCS Satellite database. They track over 1000 satellites orbiting the earth.


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