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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Himawari-8/9 MTSAT-2
Name Himawari-8 Himawari-9 Name MTSAT-2
Status Operational Launched on 2 November 2016 Status Standby
Operation period (scheduled) From 2015 to 2022 From 2022 to 2029 Operation period From 2010 to 2015
Position 35,800 km above the equator at around 140.7 degrees east longitude Position 35,800 km above the equator at around 145 degrees east longitude
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Satellite Program Division, Japan Meteorological Agency (E-mail: metsat AT

JMA began operation of Himawari-8 on 7 July 2015 as a replacement for MTSAT-2 (also known as Himawari-7). Himawari-9 was also launched on 2 November 2016 as a backup and successor satellite. Both satellites will be located in orbit at around 140 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 and will be 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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