A total of 7 Quasi-Zenith Satellites MICHIBIKI will be launched by 2023. Sorakoto focuses on changing Japan's future through improvement of positioning accuracy.
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MICHIBIKI-2 was launched on June 1, 2017. From Tanegashima Space Center, the H2A rocket vehicle No. 34 soared powerfully into the sky making an arc through an overcast sky.
Navigating functions we use on car navigation systems and smart phones utilize signals from satellites. However, currently the satellite positioning services in Japan rely on the GPS satellites operated by the USA. As a result, positioning information cannot always be obtained in a stable way, for example, the services sometimes cause errors in positioning values.
Japan set the establishment of a satellite positioning system as an important aspect of the "Basic Plan on Space Policy" of 2013. The first Quasi-Zenith Satellite (QZS-1) launched in 2010 and QZS-2 has been launched - the plan is to start operating a 7-satellite constellation around 2023.
How is the Quasi-Zenith Satellite system MICHIBIKI going to change society?
Sorakoto reports on the project of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite system MICHIBIKI on an ongoing basis.
We have interviewed Dr. Izumi Mikami, Secretary General of Satellite Positioning Research and Application Center for the first article.
The interview on the future of Japan will be available in early July.
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