Japan’s first navigation satellite has arrived on station more than 20,000 miles over Asia to improve positioning coverage in mountainous terrain and urban centers.
The Michibiki satellite entered its quasi-zenith orbit early Monday, Japanese time, the country’s space agency announced. The orbit stretches from a low point of 20,268 miles to a high point of 24,202 miles.
The quasi-zenith orbit, designed to maximize Michibiki’s coverage of Japan, has an average altitude equal to the distance of geosynchronous satellites from Earth. Its longitude is locked in at 135 degrees east longitude.
Michibiki means "guiding" or "showing the way"e;
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