Japan successfully launched a back-up spy satellite with the help of its H-IIA carrier rocket from the Tanegashima Space Centre. Japan initiated the Information Gathering Satellite programme, after North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile over the Japanese mainland and into the western Pacific in 1998. The satellites are constructed by Mitsubishi Electric and launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. As of now, a total of four Japanese intelligence satellites are currently in orbit — two optical satellites and two radar satellites. The backup satellite will supplement the two radar satellites.
Knowledge is Wealth
- Japan’s National Aerospace Agency is JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
- JAXA was established in 2003 and it’s Headquarters is Chofu, Tokyo.
- The corporate slogan of JAXA is Explore to Realize.
- Nozomi – Mars-orbiting aeronomy probe from Japan. The probe was unable to achieve Mars orbit due to electrical failures.