Jan 9, 2017

JAXA to launch small rocket Wednesday to put microsatellite into orbit

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to fire a small three-stage rocket Wednesday that will place a microsatellite in orbit in a test project aimed at promoting Japan's space business with inexpensive satellite-launching technology. The 9.5-meter SS-520-4 rocket, only one-fifth the length of an H-IIA ...

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 collecting ...

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 16 ...

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 satellite is ...