Japan puts new weather satellite into space

Japan put a new weather satellite into space Tuesday in the hope it can improve the forecasting of typhoons and detect volcanic gas plumes.

The successful launch comes the day after a typhoon strafed Japan and just over a week after a volcano killed more than 60 people when it erupted without warning.

The Japanese-made H-2A rocket carrying the Himawari-8 weather satellite blasted into a blue sky at the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Kagoshima prefecture at 2:16 pm (0516 GMT).

The 17 billion yen ($155 million) satellite separated successfully from the rocket and entered its designated orbit, sparking applause at the , a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) spokeswoman told AFP.

Japan's Meteorological Agency will use the satellite, alongside the Himawari-9, which is to be launched in 2016, for forecasting and to replace its ageing Himawari-6 and -7.

The new satellite "can obtain a satellite image of a typhoon once every 2.5 minutes, against the current pace of once every 30 minutes," an official of the weather agency told AFP.

"Together with improvement in computer-aided analysis, we hope our forecasts of a typhoon's future course will be more accurate," he said.

"As will become multi-colour from the current black and white, it will be easier to observe volcanic gas" which will be helpful for early warnings of a , he added.

© 2014 AFP

Citation: Japan puts new weather satellite into space (2014, October 7) retrieved 2 October 2023 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-japan-weather-satellite-space.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Japan launches satellite for better GPS coverage (Update)


Feedback to editors