• Kyodo


The Defense Ministry’s first communications satellite was launched Tuesday afternoon in a program aimed at upgrading the Self-Defense Forces’ ability to better cope with security challenges.

An H-IIA rocket carrying the Kirameki-2 defense communication satellite was launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.

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