OREANDA-NEWS. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has been selected as the contractor to supply the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite-2 (GOSAT-2) satellite system, which is slated to launch in 2017. Mitsubishi Electric expects to be formally authorized to proceed with the development in April, after completing an engineering contract with JAXA to finalize definitive performance requirements

Mitsubishi Electric will organize a GOSAT-2 exhibition at the 15th Eco-Products show, which will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition complex in Tokyo, Japan from December 12 to 14.

GOSAT-2 will be the successor to IBUKI (also known as GOSAT), which was launched in January 2009 as the world's first satellite dedicated to greenhouse-gases observation. Mitsubishi Electric will provide not only the spacecraft system, as it did for IBUKI, but also a turnkey system that includes development of the GOSAT-2's next-generation sensors and ground system, as well as providing operation services throughout the orbital design life of the satellite.