Intelligence satellite launched successfully

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Jiji Press TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima (Jiji Press) — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency successfully launched on Friday an H-2A rocket carrying an information-gathering radar satellite.

The H-2A Launch Vehicle No. 33 lifted off from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture at 10:20 a.m.

The satellite, an improved successor model of the one launched in 2011, was separated from the rocket and put into orbit about 20 minutes after the launch.

Japan introduced information-gathering satellites following North Korea’s ballistic missile launch in 1998. The Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center operates the de facto spy satellites.Speech

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