Utilizing Space Through Satellites

Satellites offer a wide variety of valuable services. These include communications and weather observation, which are essential to modern life, as well as astronomical observation and space development. Japanese satellites now in orbit are performing missions in a wide range of areas. For example, they have been playing an important role in assessing and analyzing abnormal weather patterns. For the purpose of planetary exploration, plans are under way for sending probes to the Moon and Mars.

Utilizing Space Through Satellites

Earth Observation Satellites

Nominal Phase In Operation

Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite-2 "IBUKI-2" (GOSAT-2)

Taking over from IBUKI to enhance the functionality and performance of greenhouse gas observations

Latter Phase In Operation

Global Precipitation Measurement/Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (GPM/DPR)

Global Precipitation Observation at Three Hour Intervals with GPM Core Satellite and Constellation Satellites

Global Change Observation Mission - Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W)

Observing All Environmental Changes on Earth for Present and Future Generations

Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT)

"IBUKI": Global efforts to protect the environment.

Under Development

Advanced Land Observing Satellite-3 (ALOS-3)

Achieving improved optical observations of wide-swath with high-resolution as successor of optical mission of DAICHI

Advanced Land Observing Satellite-4 (ALOS-4)

Taking over from DAICHI-2 to enhance the functionality and performance

Earth Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE)

Helping to improve predictions for changes in weather

Communication, Positioning and Engineering Test Satellites

Nominal Phase In Operation

The Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstoration-2 (JapaneseOnly)

The Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstoration-2

Latter Phase In Operation

Experimental Geodetic Satellite "AJISAI" (EGS)

To establish Japan’s geodetic origin through accurate land surveying from space.