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Satellite details
Acronym Himawari-2 (GMS-2)
Full name Himawari-2 (Geostationary Meteorological Satellite - 2)
Satellite Description
  • 2nd flight unit of the Himawari programme.
  • Main mission: operational meteorology.
  • Significant contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 682 kg Dry mass 296 kg
Power 291 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • Data availble from the JMA Meteorological Data Center (MSC).
Orbit Geostationary orbit Altitude 35786 km
Longitude 140° E


Space agency JMAJAXA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Operated from December 1981 to September 1984. 
  • Replaced in September 1984 by GMS-3.
Launch 11 Aug 1981 EOL 20 Nov 1987
Last update: 2021-03-11
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Himawari-2 (GMS-2)

Acronym Full name
DCS Data Collection Service
SEM Space Environment Monitor
VISSR Visible-Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer
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Satellite Field of View

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