Japan sets up new gen-next weather satellite

A new and powerful next-generation weather satellite directed at gathering unexampled 3-D measurements of global rain and snowfall paces has been launched from a Japanese space port.Japan launches new next-generation weather satellite

The four-tonne spacecraft conjointly developed by the US and Japan launched aboard H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island in southern Japan, NASA said.

A powerful next-generation atmospheric condition satellite aimed at gathering unprecedented 3-D measurements of global rain and snowfall rates has been launched from a Japanese space port. The four-tonne spacecraft jointly developed by the US and Japan launched aboard H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island in southern Japan, NASA said.

To better understand Earth’s weather and climate cycles, the GPM Core Observatory will collect information that unifies and improves data from an international constellation of existing and future satellites by mapping global precipitation every three hours.

“It is incredibly exciting to see this spacecraft launch,” said GPM Project Manager Art Azarbarzin of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. To better understand Earth’s weather and climate cycles, the GPM Core Observatory will collect information that unifies and improves data from an international constellation of existing and future satellites by mapping global precipitation every three hours.

“It is incredibly exciting to see this spacecraft launch,” said GPM Project Manager Art Azarbarzin of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

(Reuters)