JAXA Launches GCOM-W1 Satellite

Congratulations to our partner, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), for the successful launch yesterday of the Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water (GCOM-W1). GCOM-W1 carries the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) which successfully deployed its antenna on orbit. AMSR2 will detect microwave radiation to measure sea surface temperature, sea surface wind speed, sea ice concentration, snow depth, soil moisture, water vapor, cloud liquid water, and precipitation. GCOM-W1 will be a part of the GPM constellation, contributing its measurements to the GPM global data
Japanese H-IIA Rocket Launch
Japanese H-IIA rocket launching over the water, with flames and smoke
JacobAdmin Wed, 06/01/2011
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The Japanese H-IIA rocket will be launching the GPM Core Observatory into orbit in 2014.

Source: JAXA, Naritama Flickr Page