World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0010601075
Reproduction Date:

Title: Gcom-w  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: JAXA, H-IIA
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


GCOM is a series of JAXA Earth Observation Missions as a successor to the ill-fated ADEOS 2 satellite and to the Aqua Mission. GCOM is, together with the GPM Mission, Japan's contribution to the GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems).
To increase security and scientific output JAXA made the decision to split the original ADEOS 2 mission into two models of smaller satellites, GCOM-W for water observation and GCOM-C for climate observation. It is planned to launch for each mission three satellites during the next decade.


The mission of GCOM-W1 (SHIZUKU「しずく」)is to observe the water cycle. The satellite will carry the AMSR follow on instrument. GCOM-W1 was agreed during FY 2006 and development of the satellite started from FY2007. The budget for the mission is 20 billion Yen (200 Million US-Dollar).

Launch of GCOM-W1 is proposed for 18 May 2012 (FY 2011) with the H-2A. Mass of the satellite is 2000 kg. OrbitType : Sun-synchronous, sub-recurrent Altitude : 699.6 km Inclination : 98.19 degrees Local time of ascending node : 13:30

External links

See also GCOM-C

  • [1] (dead link)
  • [2] (dead link)
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.