News Release

First images from MTSAT-2

Japan Meteorological Agency
11 May 2006

On 11 May 2006, the first test images in visible and infrared channels were obtained with JMA's MTSAT-2 satellite launched on 18 February 2006. The images linked from below hyperlinks and URL are reduced versions of the full images.

MTSAT-2 is a follow-on satellite to MTSAT-1R (at 140°E) and will be in standby at 145°E around this summer, after the on-going in-orbit test.

In the above on-going test, it turned out that a back-up module of S-band telemetry, tracking and command (TTC) receiving system was malfunctioning. However, there will be no crucial effect on operational observation and dissemination to be conducted.

First images from MTSAT-2:
Channel Wavelength (micrometer)
Visible Channel 0.55 - 0.90
Infrared Channel 1 10.3 - 11.3
Infrared Channel 2 11.5 - 12.5
Infrared Channel 3 6.5 - 7.0
Infrared Channel 4 3.5 - 4.0

First images from MTSAT-2

VIS image IR1 image IR2 image IR3 image IR4 image
Visible Channel
Infrared Channel 1
Infrared Channel 2
Infrared Channel 3
Infrared Channel 4
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These are the first test visible and infrared images from the recently launched MTSAT-2 satellite, taken 02 hours (UTC) on 11th of May 2006.