The mission of GCOM-W1 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 February 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
See also GCOM-C
MHI Receives Order for Launch Services of Korea Multipurpose Satellite-3; First Satellite Launch Order Placed by Overseas Customer.
Jan 12, 2009; Tokyo, Jan 12, 2009 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from the Korea Aerospace...