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Also called Himawari 8


Designation 40267 / 14060A
Launch date 7 Oct 2014
Country of origin Japan
Mission Meteorology
Geostationary orbit 140°E
Launch vehicle H2 #36

Will replace Mtsat 2

Equipped with a new payload for a highly upgraded meteorological observation mission. Colour images will be generated and spatial resolution will be twice as detailed as Mtsat 2. Takes an image every 10 minutes. Can also cover the whole of Japan in 2.5 minutes intervals.

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Technical data


Prime contractor Melco
Platform DS-2000
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Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power  
Design lifetime  

The Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) is built by Exelis, based on the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) which will also fly on Goes R.

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