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Japan launches second Michibiki QZSS satellite

June 2, 2017By

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a second navigation satellite on June 1. The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 34 (H-IIA F34) delivered into orbit Michibiki No. 2 of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) at 9:17:46 a.m. (JST) from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center. The launch and flight of the rocket proceeded as planned, and the separation of... read more

2C or Not 2C: The First Live Broadcast of GPS CNAV Messages

July 8, 2013By

By Oliver Montenbruck, Richard B. Langley, and Peter Steigenberger Over the past several years, some users of the GPS navigation system have already benefitted from the addition of various new signals in addition to the legacy C/A- and P(Y)-code. With the introduction of the Block IIR-M satellites in 2005, a new civil signal (L2C) was transmitted on the L2 frequency,... read more

First quasi-zenith satellite, Michibiki, achieves final orbit

September 28, 2010By

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has controlled the orbit of the first quasi-zenith satellite system (QZSS) satellite, Michibiki. JAXA inserted Michibiki into the quasi-zenith orbit from the drift orbit starting on September 21 (Japan Standard Time, JST). The final orbit control operation was performed for about 50 seconds from 6:28 a.m. on September 27 (JST). read more

The System: Michibiki Takes Up Station and Other GNSS Constellation Updates

September 1, 2010By

As this issue goes to press in late August, the first Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) space vehicle, nicknamed Michibiki, holds steady for a September 11 launch. QZSS will use multiple satellites in inclined orbits, placed so that one satellite always appears near zenith above Japan, well known for its high-rise cities. The design provides high-accuracy satellite... read more

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Out in Front: Beyond Cute

September 1, 2010By

Michibiki has more Twitter followers than you and me put together. All of you, and all of me with my 17 followers. Michibiki hit 16,284 when I signed on just now, and she (he?) has not yet even emerged upon the global stage. Perhaps by the time you read this, if the September 11 launch date holds true, s/he will be an orbiting, broadcasting entity. read more

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