Japan is building its own high-precision location system for drivers, smartphones, drones and other users. For this purpose, the world’s third largest economy sent a second satellite into space, which is part of a refined form of the satellite-based GPS standard of the Japanese type. So far, Japan has been dependent on an American GPS network. By setting up its own system, Japan hopes to reduce the margin of error in localization to a few centimeters.
This gives smartphone users even more precise information when searching for locations with map apps. Such data can also be used for navigation devices in cars, for operating drones or unmanned tractors in agriculture.
Japan launched the first satellite called Michibiki in 2010. On Thursday, Japan’s space agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries sent the second Michibiki behind with an H-2A missile. Two more satellites are to follow later in the year to complete the “Japanese GPS”.