Global Change Observation Mission - Climate "SHIKISAI" (GCOM-C) Topics

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Jul. 14, 2017 Updated

JAXA had the public come up with an excellent nickname for the Global Change Observation Mission – Climate (GCOM-C) for almost a month. The GCOM-C nickname project was couple with SLAT’s. The project was met with quite a response – 12,895 applications. As a result of careful examination, SHIKISAI, meaning colors in Japanese was chosen.
JAXA appreciates all for positive participation.
SHIKISAI most appropriately describes the GCOM-C features – the onboard Second-Generation Global Imager (SGLI) captures a broad spectrum of objects, including flourishing vegetation, deep blue oceans, and crystal sea ice on our color-filled planet.
Updates on the SHIKISAI missions are available on this website. JAXA appreciates continuous support by all.


May 26, 2017 Updated
GCOM-C Completes Environmental Testing

JAXA’s GCOM-C satellite, Global Change Observation Mission – Climate, to be launched in Japanese fiscal 2017, undergoes environmental testing at the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. Environmental Test flow includes sinusoidal vibration and acoustics, which JAXA collectively calls mechanical and environmental testing. The testing, which aims at ensuring that the satellite will endure rigorous shock and sound pressure during ascent, was conducted in March and April, 2017 (Image) and came to successful completion.

GCOM-C is entering electrical testing, which will determine if the satellite systems, after being subjected to environmental testing, operate properly.

GCOM-C Completes Environmental Testing

Dec. 26, 2014 Updated
Global Change Observation Mission – Climate (GCOM-C) mission logo

A mission logo for the Global Change Observation Mission – Climate (GCOM-C) has been selected. GCOM-C is a satellite mission to clarify the climate change mechanism such as global warming, as well as to monitor the status of flying yellow sand, and to observe ocean plankton to estimate fishing points by acquiring various data on the Earth that is considered to have an impact on climate change.
The design of the GCOM-C mission logo is a simplified drawing of clouds, dust in the atmosphere (aerosols), vegetation (forests), snow ice, and ocean. The evergreen color, which is a traditional Japanese color, was selected for the basic color of the logo. The color shows our desire that the mission will constantly thrive for a long time like leave colors of evergreen trees such as Japanese pines and cedars.
GCOM-C is under development to be ready for launch in JFY 2016.

Global Change Observation Mission – Climate (GCOM-C) mission logo

Jul. 11, 2011 Updated
GCOM-C1 structural model sinusoidal vibration test

JAXA conducted a sinusoidal vibration test for the GCOM-C1 using a structural model. This test using simulated vibrations verifies if the satellite’s structure and onboard equipment can bear sinusoidal vibrations, which are generated at the time of launch. The test was successful, and we confirmed that the satellite is strong enough. The structural model is a mechanically mocked satellite for verifying the tolerance of the satellite’s main body and onboard equipment not only against sinusoidal vibrations at the time of launch, but also against other factors including the acoustic environment, shock at the time of separation from the launch vehicle, and impact of the solar array paddle deployment.

GCOM-C1 structural model sinusoidal vibration test

Mar. 10, 2010 Updated
Symposium of "Expectations to the Climate Change Monitoring using Earth Observation Satellites"

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is holding a symposium titled "Expectations for Climate Change Monitoring using Earth Observation Satellites" on April 15, (Thursday) 2010, at the Hotel Pacific Tokyo.
Earth observation satellites have been playing an important role in monitoring climate change, and international cooperation is imperative for global-scale monitoring as a multiple number of satellites and various kinds of onboard observation sensors are required to cover the globe. JAXA has been planning to fulfill its international responsibilities for its satellites including the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT) and the Global Changing Observation Mission (GCOM).
At the symposium, representatives of space and meteorological organizations from all over the world will introduce their climate change monitoring initiatives by earth observation satellites, then explain how their activities have been promoted through international cooperation. We will also discuss future prospects for international collaboration. We are looking forward to your participation.

Jan. 9, 2010 Updated
Global Change Observation Mission 2nd Research Announcement

As the second Global Change Observation Mission (GCOM) research announcements (RA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announces the opportunity to conduct "development of retrieval algorithms for geophysical products", "fundamental data acquisition and validation preparation", and "application research directly connecting to the GCOM-C1 data".