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Ibuki


Japanese earth atmosphere satellite. One launch, 2009.01.23. Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite, renamed Ibuki after launch.

The satellite carried a spectrometer and cloud and aerosol imager to allow accurate measurement of the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere at different altitudes on a global basis.

IBUKI was equipped with a greenhouse gas observation sensor (TANSO-FTS) and a supplementary cloud/aerosol sensor (TANSO-CAI). The greenhouse gas observation sensor observed a wide range of wave lengths (near infrared region ~ thermal infrared region) within the infrared band to enhance observation accuracy (up to 18,500 observation channels. The cloud/aerosol sensor simultaneously observed clouds and aerosol that could lead to errors in the measurement of greenhouse gas if not taken into account.

Gross mass: 1,750 kg (3,850 lb).
First Launch: 2009.01.23.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • H-2 Heavy lift Japanese indigenous launch vehicle. The original H-2 version was cancelled due to high costs and poor reliability and replaced by the substantially redesigned H-2A.

    3 stage vehicle consisted of 2 x H-II SRB + 1 x H-II stage 1 + 1 x H-II stage 2 More...


Associated Launch Vehicles
  • H-2 Heavy lift Japanese indigenous launch vehicle. The original H-2 version was cancelled due to high costs and poor reliability and replaced by the substantially redesigned H-2A. More...
  • H-IIA 202 Japanese orbital launch vehicle. Three stage version of H-IIA consisting of 2 x H-II SRB-A + two-stage core vehicle. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • JAXA Japanese agency overseeing development of spacecraft. JAXA, Japan. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Tanegashima Japan's main launch site for he larger N and H launch vehicles. In use for sounding rockets from 1967 and orbital launches from 1975. As of 2007 over 140 major launches had been made from the site. More...

Ibuki Chronology


2009 January 23 - . 03:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • Ibuki - . Mass: 1,750 kg (3,850 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Manufacturer: Mitsubishi. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: Ibuki. USAF Sat Cat: 33492 . COSPAR: 2009-002A. Apogee: 672 km (417 mi). Perigee: 669 km (415 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.20 min. Summary: Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite, renamed Ibuki after launch. The satellite carried a TANSO-FTS IR spectrometer and TANSO-CAI cloud and aerosol imager..

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