State-of-the-art Himawari-8 weather satellite goes active

Jul 7, 2015

State-of-the-art Himawari-8 weather satellite goes active

The world’s first geostationary weather satellite capable of taking images in full color began regular operation Tuesday, with scientists hopeful it will help forecast typhoon movements and heavy rainfall. Japan’s Himawari-8, placed in a geostationary orbit about 36,000 km above the equator, can shoot ...

North Korea says it's developing an advanced satellite

Jun 5, 2015

North Korea says it's developing an advanced satellite

North Korean space agency officials say the country is developing a more advanced Earth observation satellite and are defending their right to conduct rocket launches whenever they see fit, despite protests by the United States and others that the launches are aimed primarily at ...

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 ...

Mar 18, 2015

Major solar storm hits Earth, may pull northern lights south

A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and satellite tracking systems while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, U.S. forecasters said. So far no damage has been reported. Two blasts of magnetic plasma ...

NASA set to launch four spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery

Mar 13, 2015

NASA set to launch four spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery

NASA is sending four identical spacecraft on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun’s magnetic fields. Liftoff of the unmanned Atlas rocket — and NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft — was set for 10:44 p.m. (0344 GMT) Thursday. Forecasters ...

Japan launches new spy satellite

Feb 1, 2015

Japan launches new spy satellite

Japan successfully launched a backup spy satellite Sunday after the first attempt was canceled last week due to bad weather, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. Tokyo put spy satellites into operation in the early 2000s after North Korea fired a ballistic missile ...

Aug 3, 2014

Japan to create SDF space monitoring division by 2019

The government intends to create a space monitoring division within the Self-Defense Forces by around 2019 and the Defense Ministry has already informed the United States, a source close to the bilateral relationship said Saturday. Initially, the force will be tasked with monitoring dangerous ...

Jun 20, 2014

Japanese satellites enter orbit to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl

A pair of small Japanese satellites for monitoring environmental changes around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and capturing images of areas around the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine were placed in orbit shortly after they were launched Thursday night from a Russian base. The ...

Global rainfall satellite launched

Feb 28, 2014

Global rainfall satellite launched

Japan successfully launched its latest rocket Friday, carrying a high-tech satellite to monitor global rainfall and help meteorologists forecast big storms, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The H-IIA rocket blasted off from the island of Tanegashima, Kagoshima Preecture, at 3:37 am as ...