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Himawari-8, Himawari-9

Client Japan Meteorological Agency
Launch date Himawari-8 : October 7, 2014,
Himawari-9 : 2016
Launch vehicle H-IIA
Launch site Tanegashima Space Center
Orbit Geostationary orbit
Mass --
Electrical power --
Design life 15 years
Responsibilities Prime contractor
Outline Mitsubishi Electric has made a contract with Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) for manufacture of the Japanese Geostationary Meteorological Satellites, Himawari-8 and 9. JMA has been operating the meteorological mission of Himawari-6 and 7, capturing earth images over East Asia and Western Pacific regions, contributing to disaster prevention of the area. JMA is planning to launch Hiamwari-8 and 9 in 2014 and 2016 respectively, succeeding the former satellite Himawari-7.