Harris Corporation’s Advanced Environmental Monitoring Sensor Launches Aboard Japanese Satellite

November 1, 2018


  • Enhances Japan’s spaceborne greenhouse gas-monitoring capabilities
  • Provides two times more data than predecessor GOSAT satellite
  • Reflects company’s legacy in advanced Earth observation solutions

A Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) environmental monitoring sensor launched aboard Japan’s Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-2 (GOSAT-2) Oct. 29 to significantly enhance Japan’s ability to monitor greenhouse gases from space. 

The Harris-built TANSO-FTS-2 (Thermal and Near Infrared Sensor for Carbon Observation-Fourier Transform Spectrometer-2) will measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, providing double the amount of data of GOSAT, a predecessor satellite launched in 2009. The instrument will collect high-spectral resolution data of the Earth in five bands, which enables measurement during daylight and darkness. The instrument’s unique intelligent pointing system identifies, in real time, cloud-free areas of the atmosphere – greatly increasing the amount of useable data.

“The Harris-built GOSAT-2 instrument will provide relevant and actionable Earth science data, contributing to global greenhouse gas observations and climate change-related policies,” said Rob Mitrevski, vice president and general manager, Harris Environmental Solutions. “Our GOSAT-2 instrument is the latest in a long line of innovative Earth observation solutions, which continue to provide differentiated information satisfying the stringent missions of our customers.”

TANSO-FTS-2, built for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, is the third instrument Harris has delivered to Japan in the past five years, including two advanced imagers for the Himawari-8 and 9 weather satellites, which launched in 2014 and 2016.

About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems. Learn more at harris.com.

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