TANEGASHIMA, KAGOSHIMA PREF. – The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said an H-IIA rocket was launched early Friday carrying four satellites, including one from South Korea.
The first H-IIA rocket to carry a foreign satellite lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, at 1:39 a.m. About 16 minutes later, the Arirang 3, a multipurpose observation satellite developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, parted with the rocket at an altitude of about 680 km.
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