Japan to Launch Himawari-9 Weather Satellite With Harris Corporation Advanced Imager

November 1, 2016


  • Launch scheduled for Nov. 2 from Japan
  • Will improve severe weather forecasting, help save lives and property
  • Marks second Japanese weather satellite with Harris advanced imager

A second Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) advanced weather data imager will enter space with the upcoming launch of the Himawari-9 weather satellite from Japan, improving forecasts and early severe weather warnings in Eastern Asia and the Western Pacific.

The Harris Advanced Himawari Imager is scheduled to launch Nov. 2 on board a Mitsubishi Electric Corporation weather satellite for use by the Japan Meteorological Agency. It joins another Harris imager already orbiting aboard Himawari-8, which launched in 2014.

The Himawari imagers are based on the Harris Advanced Baseline Imager designed and built for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series constellation.

“Our advanced imager has allowed meteorologists to see new details of severe storms as never before,” said Eric Webster, vice president and general manager, Harris Environmental Solutions. “With one-half kilometer resolution, several additional thermal channels and significantly faster data processing, forecasters are now seeing a virtual movie of storms to better predict paths and strengths.”

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