INTRODUCTION: Japan and the United States are co-operating on a project to improve global weather forecasting.
GV Tanegashima Space Centre
SV INT: Technicians working on GMS 2
SV Satellite being prepared
SV Technicians discussing satellite (2 shots)
TOP VIEW OF Satellite
GV Technicians working (5 shots)
SV Part of satellite revolving
SV Technicians look at satellite (2 shots)
SV Technicians working (2 shots)
GV EXT Tracking antennae and launch vehicle gantry (2 shots)
GV (1977) Launching of satellite GMS 1
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Japan and the United States are co-operating on a project to improve global weather forecasting. On Monday (10 August) an American built weather satellite was scheduled to be launched by a Japanese rocket to monitor weather conditions in the western Pacific region.
At the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan, scientists have been preparing for a unique event -- the first launching of an American-made satellite of this type beyond American shores.
The satellite was assembled and tested in the United States then flown here for Japanese technicians to prepare it for launching.
The speed of the satellite's orbit is planned to match the earth's rotation. This means it will hover over the western Pacific, gathering weather information from an area of about 65 million square miles that stretches from New Zealand to Japan. This information will be added to other data collected from American and European satellites engaged in an international weather watch. Scientists hope it will help them make weather predictions which will save lives and property.
The major instruments aboard the satellite is this scanner which detects visible and infra-red radiation, and continuously scans one third of the earth to build up weather pictures every thirty minutes. From these, scientists can determine the intensity and direction of storms. The satellite will also provide warnings of tidal waves, floods and ice conditions. It will do this by gathering and relaying data from sensing devices on buoys and remote land bases back to scientists on earth.
The sister satellite of this model was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral in 1977. Since then, it has been providing much useful information and the new Japanese-American satellite will continue the tradition.