JMA has operated geostationary meteorological satellites since 1978, producing data that helps to prevent and mitigate weather-related disasters based on monitoring of typhoons and other weather conditions in the Asia-Oceania region.

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Name Himawari-8 Himawari-9
Status Operational Standby
Operation period (scheduled) From 2015 to 2022 From 2022 to 2029
Position 35,800 km above the equator at around 140.7 degrees east longitude

JMA began operation of Himawari-8 on 7 July 2015 as a replacement for MTSAT-2 (also known as Himawari-7). Himawari-9 started backup operation on 10 March 2017. Both satellites are located in orbit at around 140.7 degrees east, and will observe the East Asia and Western Pacific regions for a period of 15 years. All imagery derived from Himawari-8/9 is distributed to NMHSs via an Internet cloud service. JMA has further launched its HimawariCast service, by which primary sets of imagery are disseminated to NMHSs via a communication satellite. Click here for details.

Himawari-8/9 leaflet (PDF, 3.8 MB) (July 2015)
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Latest News Releases

10 Mar. 2017 Himawari-9 started backup operation at 00 UTC on 10 March 2017
24 Jan. 2017 First images from Himawari-9
11 Nov. 2016 Himawari-9 enters geostationary orbit *PDF 4 kB

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