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The QZS-3 satellite, which after launch will be named Michibiki No.3, will be placed into geosynchronous transfer orbit by the launch. It is part of a constellation of spacecraft intended to improve the accuracy of satellite navigation in built-up areas. The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) will initially consist of four satellites, broadcasting additional signals compatible with the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

Alternate Names

  • 42917
  • QZS3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2017-08-19
Launch Vehicle: H-2A
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan

Funding Agency

  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)


  • Navigation/Global Positioning

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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