Japan has launched an H-2A rocket carrying an intelligence-gathering satellite from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) launch site at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, raising the number of such satellites placed into orbit by the East Asian country to seven.
The Japanese government is expected to use the IGS Optical 6 reconnaissance satellite, which was launched on 27 February by JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), to monitor disaster-hit areas as well as ongoing developments at North Korean missile launch facilities, among other things.
The Japanese government now operates three optical-imaging satellites and four radar-imaging satellites, and plans to add three more to the constellation.
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