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MTSAT-2 (Himawari-7)

Client Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Launch date February 18, 2006
Launch vehicle H-IIA
Launch site Tanegashima Space Center
Orbit Geostationary orbit: 145 deg.
Mass 4,650kg (at launch)
Electrical power 3,410 W
Design life 10 years
Responsibilities Prime contractor
Outline The MTSAT-2 is a multi-functional satellite that carries out both an aviation mission, including air traffic control, and a meteorological mission. The purpose of the aviation mission is to improve traffic congestion and safety in the Asia-Pacific region with a next-generation global-scale air traffic safety system made up of communications, navigation, tracking and air traffic control. The purpose of the meteorological mission is to capture, collect and deliver meteorological images and/or data, inheriting and expanding the mission of the GMS-5 which is also currently in service.