Akita Prefecture carves niche in small-scale rocketry

Business / Tech Nov 6, 2015

Akita Prefecture carves niche in small-scale rocketry

A small prototype observation rocket roared skyward from the shore in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, in March. It was an early step in a program that hopes to produce larger rockets to survey smog, a niche sector with few rivals. Weighing about 17 kg and measuring ...

National Jan 29, 2015

Bad weather delays launch of intelligence satellite

The launch of a rocket carrying a backup radar system for a government intelligence gathering was postponed Thursday by bad weather. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said there was a risk of electrical storm clouds at the time the ...

High-tech Himawari-8 weather satellite launched

National Oct 7, 2014

High-tech Himawari-8 weather satellite launched

A satellite was launched Tuesday from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture in a bid to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts related to natural disasters. The Himawari-8 weather satellite soared aloft aboard an H-IIA rocket at 2:16 p.m. It was expected to be ...

Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon; fire returned

World Jul 22, 2014

Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon; fire returned

Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon on Monday, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, Lebanese security officials and the Israeli army said, in the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday. An Israeli police spokeswoman said there was no immediate word ...

World Jul 8, 2014

Israel readying for possible escalation after Gaza rocket barrage

Gaza Strip militants bombarded southern Israel with dozens of rockets, sending Israel closer to escalating its battle against them as it stepped up air strikes and mobilized reserves. About 80 rockets hit Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza Monday, reaching as deep as 25 miles (40 km) ...

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

National Jan 20, 2014

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday revealed the details of a global precipitation observatory that will be put into orbit next month. The Global Precipitation Measurement core observatory was jointly developed by JAXA and NASA. Unlike conventional satellites, the 4-ton, 6.5-meter-high facility has ...

North's missiles tied to Musharraf blunder

Asia Pacific Jan 28, 2013

North's missiles tied to Musharraf blunder

A retired Pakistani nuclear scientist has claimed that former Pakistani leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf's 1999 military adventurism in the Kargil region of divided Kashmir failed in part because the North Korea-aided, nuclear-capable Ghauri missiles he wanted to deploy then had a faulty guidance system. Speaking ...