The European Space Agency recently announced that it has teamed up with China's National Space Center to conduct ground tests on two complementary devices designed to deliver high-resolution images from an orbit of 36,000 kilometres (22,370 miles). This new technology, which has been tested jointly by these eminent world influencers, could help satellites peer through clouds and analyse storms.

The agency said Wednesday, January 17, said that if these tests are successful, the next stage would be a space mission. This is the first time that Europe and China have worked together to test and build an instrument.

The satellite systems available at the moment are unable to gather accurate temperature and humidity data which are 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 and advancing in this direction will save a lot of destruction. (PTI)