Japan launched on 12 June 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, increasing the number to eight of such satellites the country has placed into orbit.
The Japanese government is expected to use the new IGS Radar 6 satellite, which was launched by JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), to monitor disaster-hit areas as well as developments at North Korean missile launch facilities, among other things.
IGS Radar 6, which is a synthetic-aperture, radar-imaging satellite capable of resolving objects on the ground day and night regardless of weather conditions, is expected to become operational in the near future along with the IGS Optical 6 reconnaissance satellite the country launched in February.
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