The satellite FY-2H was successfully launched on 5 June 2018. Covering the central Africa in the west and Oceania in the east, this Chinese geostationary meteorological satellite provides exclusive services.
The satellite FY-3D, the fourth member of China's second generation polar-orbiting meteorological satellite family, is designed to run for 5 years. Having been launched and tested on-orbit, it is operational and on duty.
The HimawariRequest service enables registered NMHS users to request particular Target Area observations in order to leverage this flexibility on an international scale. The service stems from a WMO RA II (Asia) regional project to develop support for NMHSs in satellite data, products and training in collaboration with WMO RA V (South-West Pacific) Members.
JMA expects the HimawariRequest service to support disaster risk reduction activities in the region based on the monitoring of extreme events such as tropical cyclones and volcanic eruptions.