Japan to offer wide area augmentation
Japan is to sign agreements with S Korea and Australia to provide spaced-based GPS augmentation services.
The Japanese Science and Technology Ministry and Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) intend to make signals from its Michibiki GPS augmentation satellites available free of charge to Australia and South Korea - according to the Nikkei business daily.
JAXA is reported to be about to sign agreements with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and Government and universities in Australia - and provide receivers - from this spring.
It is claimed that the technology is estimated to create a market with annual sales of up to 1 trillion yen (£7.8, €9.2 or $12.0 billion) for receivers, data processing software and other related hardware and software.
The first Michibiki Quazi-Zenithal Satellite System (QZSS) satellite was launched on 11 September 2010 (see previous news below). The inclined geosynchronous orbit gives 8 hours of cover per day. Two further satellites are due for launch in 2012.
The GPS overlay format is the same as that of the US WAAS and European EGNOS.
Details from Reuters below.