Himawari Operation Enterprise and Mitsubishi Electric Complete Ground
Facilities for Weather Satellite Operations
First of two weather satellites to be fully operational in 2015
TOKYO -- October 6, 2013
Himawari Operation Enterprise Corporation (Himawari Operation Enterprise) and
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today the completion of
the ground operations system for the Himawari-8 and Himawari-9 weather data
transmission satellites. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) plans to launch
Himawari-8 and -9 in Summer 2014 and 2016, respectively, to enhance public
safety and security through relaying sophisticated weather data contributing
to disaster prevention and monitoring global environment.
The ground operations system designed, built and installed by Mitsubishi
Electric consists of antennas with a 9-meter diameter and radio frequency and
satellite control equipment installed at the main unit in Hiki-gun, Saitama
Prefecture, and the sub unit in Ebetsu, Hokkaido. Through their involvement in
weather satellite operations, the two companies will continue to contribute to
disaster prevention and monitoring global environment.
1) Double redundant configuration for stable and accurate operations
A two-unit operation scheme ensures stable and consistent observation data
transmission to JMA. Each unit features a redundant configuration including
antennas with a 9-meter diameter.
2) Timely retrieval of observation data
Thanks to the system’s alignment to the geographical coverage area of
Himawari-8 and -9, observation data can be retrieved once every 2.5 minutes
(up to 576 times per day), enabling the provision of up-to-the-minute
information on typhoons, rainstorms and other climatic anomalies by geographic
sector. Previously, data retrieval was limited to once per day.
3) Cutting back on labor
The introduction of an integrated system simultaneously monitoring the two
satellites and both ground units enables manpower to be reduced over a 15-year
Himawari Operation Enterprise and Mitsubishi Electric will soon begin
comprehensive system tests and personnel training for satellite operations for
Himawari-8 under the supervision of JMA.
Mitsubishi Electric, which is contracted by JMA to build and deliver
Himawari-8 and -9, received the manufacturing order for antennas with a
9-meter diameter, radio frequency equipment and satellite control equipment
from Himawari Operation Enterprise in September 2010.
About Himawari-8 and -9
Himawari -8 and -9 will relay data images at double the resolution of existing
weather satellites, and reduce observation times to 10 minutes from the
current 30 minutes. The satellites will also more than triple the types of
observation data transmitted to 16 from the current five, and are able to
focus observation on a small geographic area such as territorial Japan at a
high frequency. For more information, please refer to the website below.
About Himawari Operation Enterprise
Himawari Operation Enterprise was established in August 2010 as Special
Purpose Company. This consortium is composed of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance
Company Limited (representative company, management of office), NS Solutions
Corporation (development of ground facilities, systems and maintenance work),
and Space Engineering Development Co., Ltd. (service delivery), and has
contracted this project with JMA in 2010 for about 29.2 billion JPY, for 20
years until the end of March 2030 from September 2010 (4 year and 7 month
development period, 15 year maintenance and service delivery period).
About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
With over 90 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products,
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) is a recognized world leader in
the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment
used in information processing and communications, space development and
satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy,
transportation and building equipment. Embracing the spirit of its corporate
statement, Changes for the Better, and its environmental statement, Eco
Changes, Mitsubishi Electric endeavors to be a global, leading green company,
enriching society with technology. The company recorded consolidated group
sales of 3,567.1 billion yen (US$ 37.9 billion*) in the fiscal year ended
March 31, 2013. For more information visit http://www.MitsubishiElectric.com
*At an exchange rate of 94 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the Tokyo
Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2013
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Business Development, Ground Systems & Telescope Programs Section
Space Systems Division
Taichi Hamamoto, +81-3-3218-2834
Public Relations Division
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