|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.
|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|
Satellite Program Division, Japan Meteorological Agency
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