9/11/2006

Japan launches spy satellite

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 6:46 pm

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency successfully put an intelligence-gathering satellite into orbit Monday as it launched a rocket carrying the satellite from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The H-2A No. 10 rocket is carrying an optical satellite capable of a resolution of 1 meter and able to distinguish objects such as cars on the ground. The optical satellite is part of a pair of satellites — the other, a radar satellite, is scheduled for launch this winter. Japan decided to launch spy satellites after North Korea launched a Taepodong-1 ballistic missile in 1998, part of which flew over the Japanese archipelago before falling into the Pacific Ocean.

Source: Crisscross

 

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