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Mitsubishi Electric Awarded Contract for GOSAT-2 Satellite System

  Mitsubishi Electric Awarded Contract for GOSAT-2 Satellite System

  Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite-2 (GOSAT-2) will contribute to green
                                  knowledge

Eco-Products 2013

Business Wire

TOKYO -- December 11, 2013

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) has been selected as the
contractor to supply the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with the
Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite-2 (GOSAT-2) satellite system, which is
slated to launch in 2017. Mitsubishi Electric expects to be formally
authorized to proceed with the development in April, after completing an
engineering contract with JAXA to finalize definitive performance
requirements.

Mitsubishi Electric will organize a GOSAT-2 exhibition at the 15th
Eco-Products show, which will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition
complex in Tokyo, Japan from December 12 to 14.

GOSAT-2 will be the successor to IBUKI (also known as GOSAT), which was
launched in January 2009 as the world's first satellite dedicated to
greenhouse-gases observation. Mitsubishi Electric will provide not only the
spacecraft system, as it did for IBUKI, but also a turnkey system that
includes development of the GOSAT-2’s next-generation sensors and ground
system, as well as providing operation services throughout the orbital design
life of the satellite.

Since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 during the 3rd
Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (COP3), industrial countries have been working to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane. As one of
Japan’s contributions to these efforts, IBUKI was jointly planned and
developed by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), the National Institute for
Environmental Studies (NIES) and JAXA. IBUKI collected data on an intensive,
worldwide scale, and this data was combined with existing ground-based
measurement data to ascertain the global distribution of greenhouse-gas
concentrations.

GOSAT-2, like IBUKI, is a joint project of MOE, NIES and JAXA. Its
high-performance sensor instrumentation will enable the collection of even
more accurate data than was possible with IBUKI.

The GOSAT-2 program is an integral initiative of the Proactive Diplomatic
Strategy for Countering Global Warming, which was announced by the Japanese
government at COP19. Several other greenhouse-gas observation satellites also
are planned, such as the USA’s OCO-2 and Europe’s Carbonsat. Along with these
efforts, GOSAT-2 is expected to play a major role in the international
framework for space-based greenhouse-gas observation.

Mitsubishi Electric, a leading manufacturer contributing to space research and
development in Japan, has participated in more than 450 domestic and
international satellites as either the prime contractor or a major
subcontractor. The company has developed and delivered a number of
earth-observation satellite systems and observation sensors to JAXA and other
space-related governmental institutions and agencies. Going forward,
Mitsubishi Electric will continue to contribute to space-based
earth-observation technologies, including as the total system provider of
GOSAT-2, for the enhanced understanding of global warming and climate change.

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

Contact:

Customer Inquiries
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Space Application Systems and Technology Department
Space Application Systems
Tel: +81-3-3218-9629
http://www.MitsubishiElectric.com/products/space/
or
Media Inquiries
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Taichi Hamamoto, +81-3-3218-2834
Public Relations Division
prd.gnews@nk.MitsubishiElectric.co.jp
http://www.MitsubishiElectric.com/news/
 
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