Sep 10, 2015

Japan to double number of intelligence-gathering satellites

Japan plans to double the number of its intelligence-gathering satellites in operation to eight from the current four from fiscal 2023 onward to bolster its surveillance network, deemed as having a de facto spy purpose, officials said. The current setup is already capable of ...

Japan launches replacement intelligence satellite

Mar 26, 2015

Japan launches replacement intelligence satellite

A rocket blasted off successfully Thursday morning carrying a backup optical satellite for the government’s intelligence gathering program. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. launched the H-IIA rocket at 10:21 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. The ...