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MICHIBIKI Enables New Positioning Services

JAXA’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is expected to revolutionize positioning and navigation in Japan. The country’s many mountainous regions, as well as its dense urban areas dominated by tall buildings, make it impossible to use conventional positioning satellites in many places. QZSS combines multiple quasi-zenith satellites that orbit almost directly above Japan, allowing highly accurate positioning in such areas for the first time. The first satellite, MICHIBIKI, was launched in September 2010, and the technology demonstration experiment continues. QZSS satellites are a top priority of Japan’s space policy. This special feature presents the results of the QZSS experiment to date.

The Office of National Space Policy and the Development of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System Hirotoshi Kunitomo Director, Office of National Space Policy, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan FULL STORY

Automating the Japanese Farm Noboru Noguchi Professor, Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University FULL STORY

A Safer World for the Visually Impaired Hideo Makino Professor, Department of Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Niigata University FULL STORY

Seamless Indoor/Outdoor Positioning, Developed in Japan Susumu Yoshitomi IMES Consortium Secretary General FULL STORY

Building a Better Satellite-Based Positioning System Satoshi Kogure Quasi-Zenith Satellite System Mission Manager, JAXA FULL STORY