|Operation period||from 2005 to 2010||Operation period||from 2010 to 2015 (plan)|
|Position||35,800km above the equator at 140 degrees East longitude||Position||35,800km above the equator at 145 degrees East longitude|
JMA plans to launch the world’s first next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite, Himawari-8, in 2014 and to start its operation in 2015 as a replacement for MTSAT-2 (also called Himawari-7). Himawari-9 will also be launched in 2016 as a backup and successor satellite. Both satellites will be located 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 will be distributed to NMHSs via an Internet cloud service. JMA also plans to start the HimawariCast service, by which primary sets of imagery will be disseminated to NMHSs via a communication satellite using Digital Video Broadcasting — Satellite — Second Generation (DVB-S2) technology. JMA has set up a web page with information on Himawari-8/9 at http://mscweb.kishou.go.jp/himawari89/index.html.
Satellite Program Division, Japan Meteorological Agency
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