|Operation period||From 2005 to 2010||Operation period||From 2010 to 2015 (plan)|
|Position||35,800 km above the equator at 140 degrees east longitude||Position||35,800 km above the equator at 145 degrees east longitude|
|Launch date (scheduled)||7 Oct. 2014||2016|
|Operation period (scheduled)||From 2015 to 2022||From 2022 to 2029|
|Position||35,800 km above the equator at 140 degrees east longitude|
JMA plans to launch Himawari-8 – its next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite – on 7 October 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 further 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's Himawari-8/9 web page can be found at http://mscweb.kishou.go.jp/himawari89/index.html.
|7 Aug. 2014||Himawari-8 is scheduled for launch on 7 Oct. 2014|
|1 Aug. 2014||MTSAT-2 Schedule for Equinox Season （Autumn 2014） *Link to MSC/JMA|
|13 May 2014||Himawari-8/9 data distribution/dissemination plan|
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