China, Europe jointly test technology for storm satellite

2018-01-19 07:16
FILE- This September 30, 2016, photo shows a view into the control room at the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany. (Michael Probst, AP, File)

FILE- This September 30, 2016, photo shows a view into the control room at the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany. (Michael Probst, AP, File)

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Berlin – China and Europe are jointly testing new technology that could help satellites peer through clouds and analyse storms.

The European Space Agency says it has teamed up with China's National Space Centre to conduct ground tests on two complementary devices designed to deliver high-resolution images from an orbit of 36 000km.

The agency said on Wednesday that if the tests are successful, the next stage would be a space mission. It is the first time Europe and China have worked together to test and build an instrument.

Current satellite systems are unable to gather the temperature and humidity data needed to accurately monitor storms.

The tropical cyclones in the northwest Pacific, known as typhoons, pose a serious threat to China and other countries in the region each year.

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