Japan successfully launched a new reconnaissance satellite
The heavy H-2A missile launched on Tuesday from the Tanegashima space center in the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima successfully launched a new optical satellite, Optical 6, into orbit.
This was reported by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA.
The development device Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is equipped with a powerful radar and is able to take pictures of the Earth's surface in bad weather and at night. The cost of its development was 24 billion yen ($ 218 million), and the launch itself cost about half as much.
This is the second such satellite, launched by JAXA since the beginning of the year. Optical 6 is the third generation of Japanese reconnaissance vehicles. Manage it, as well as receive data, will be the Ministry of Defense of Japan.
However, there is no further information on the satellite, since its work is related to national security: in particular, it is expected that it will collect intelligence related to the activities of the DPRK. At the same time, it is planned to use it also during the liquidation of the consequences of possible natural disasters.
Now in orbit there are eight Japanese reconnaissance satellites with different capabilities - only some of them are capable of transmitting information in bad weather. Two of them have not yet been put into operation. Nevertheless, this is enough to take pictures from anywhere on Earth once a day.
Over the next few years, Japan expects to increase this grouping to 10 satellites, which will make it possible to shoot the Earth's surface more often.