Japan’s national weather agency has used an ExelisÂ imaging instrument on the Himawari-8 weather satellite toÂ collect weather and environmental imagesÂ such asÂ Typhoon Maysak and the clouds and snowÂ around Mount Fuji.
The company said FridayÂ the imager works to support the satellite’s weather forecasting and tracking, fireÂ detection, air pollution analysis, vegetation assessment and volcanic ash monitoring operations.
Eric Webster, vice president and director ofÂ Exelis’ environmental intelligence unit, said the images and video collected byÂ Himawari-8 build on the functinosÂ of the previous Multifunctional Transport satellite orÂ MTSAT-2.
Himawari-8 captures color images every 10 minutesÂ to provide more details to support decision-makingÂ compared to MTSAT-2’s hourly monochrome images.
The company noted that it will provide one other satellite imager to Japan.