Press Release


Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W1)
AMSR2 Antenna Deployment Images

May 18, 2012 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W1) successfully deployed the antenna of the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2)* via image data received at the Katsuura Tracking and Communication station.

AMSR2 antenna deployment images are attached below.

The satellite is currently in good health.

* :Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer2 (AMSR2)
The AMSR2 measures electromagnetic waves called microwaves (six bandwidths between 7 GHz and 89 GHz) emitted from nature, such as the ground and ocean surface as well as objects in the atmosphere, to observe eight geophysical parameters (integrated water vapor, integrated cloud liquid water, precipitation, sea surface temperature, sea surface wind speed, sea ice concentration, snow depth, soil moisture content).


AMSR2 Deployment Image

AMSR2 antenna deployment images

(After deployment)