Japan is set to launch one of the world’s largest geostationary satellites in a bid to improve mobile telephone reception in remote areas, the country’s space agency said.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans the launch between 3:32 pm and 3:44 pm (0632 and 0644 GMT). It was postponed Saturday due to cloudy weather at the launch site at Tanegashima in southern Japan.
The 5.8-ton, 40-meter (131-foot) long experimental satellite, known as Kiku Number 8, has some of the world’s longest antennas, an agency statement said.
“This function is expected to be very useful in our daily lives, for example in some mountainous areas and at sea where no ground stations are available,” the statement said.
The satellite is also aimed at helping communication between emergency vehicles and rescue workers after natural disasters.