The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) completed the initial functional verification of the Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W1) and has moved to the regular observation operation today as scheduled. The SHIZUKU was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on May 18, 2012.
We will first perform the initial calibration and checkout during which acquired data will be compared with observation data on the ground for confirming data accuracy and make some data correction. Our observation results will be released through press releases and our website.
Figure is rainfall image of the Typhoon No.11 "HAIKUI" approaching the east coast of China, observed by the SHIZUKU when it flew over Japan around 2:30 a.m. on August 7, 2012 (JST). Blue to green color indicates weak rainfall, and yellow to red color indicates heavy rainfall.
Background grey scale color is cloud image observed by the geostationary satellite MTSAT. Existence of the eye of the typhoon is well captured by the microwave radiometer aboard the SHIZUKU, which is not clearly seen by cloud image.