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Japan launched Michibiki No.2 satellite for high GPS system

Tinuku ~ Japan launches Michibiki No.2 satellite for very high-precision positioning system. The H-IIA rocket on Thursday June 1, 2017 has launched a satellite to support the construction of a very high precision geolocation system that will complement the GPS operated in the United States.

Tinuku Japan launched Michibiki No.2 satellite for high GPS system

H-IIA rockets hit space at 9:15 am from Tanegashima space center in southern Japan carrying Michibiki No.2 satellite, according to an official statement by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The satellite geolocation system originally designed for the United States military has many civilian applications. The system is widely used for car navigation until internet browsing on mobile phones.

Japan aims to build a new version using four satellites that focus on this country and the wider region.

The first satellite is the No.1 Michibiki heading into orbit in 2010, the Michibiki satellite No.3 and Michibiki No.4 will be launched in March 2018 to start the service.

The Michibiki system covers the Asia-Oceania region and works with Global Positioning System (GPS) operated by the United States.

Michibiki in Japanese is a guide. The system is intended for civilian use with positioning accuracy claimed to centimeters.

Although GPS is widely used in Japan, it has an important complementary satellite in the country where high mountain areas and buildings can interfere with signals.

Japan has also planned to build a constellation of seven satellites by 2023.


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