Japan to launch ASDF space unit to monitor threat to satellites

National May 9, 2020

Japan to launch ASDF space unit to monitor threat to satellites

Japan will launch its first space operations unit within the Air Self-Defense Force on May 18 to monitor threats to Japanese satellites in outer space, Defense Minister Taro Kono has said. The Space Domain Mission Unit will be tasked with tracking space debris and meteorites ...

Japan launches spy satellite to keep eye on North Korea

National Feb 10, 2020

Japan launches spy satellite to keep eye on North Korea

Japan has put a new spy satellite into orbit that is expected to help the government capture images of North Korean missile sites. The spy satellite was lofted into orbit by an H-IIA rocket launched at 10:34 a.m. Sunday from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima ...

World / Science & Health Jan 30, 2020

Large defunct satellites nearly collided

Two decommissioned satellites sped past each other Wednesday after experts had warned they may collide at a combined speed of 33,000 miles an hour (53,000 kph), sending thousands of pieces of debris hurtling through space. The satellites — a pioneering international space telescope and an ...

Ethiopia launches its first satellite

World / Science & Health Dec 20, 2019

Ethiopia launches its first satellite

Ethiopia launched its first satellite on Friday, a landmark achievement for the country's space program that caps a banner year for the African space industry. The launch of the Ethiopian Remote Sensing Satellite took place at a space station in China, though scores of Ethiopian ...

Japan to launch intelligence-gathering satellite in January

National Dec 16, 2019

Japan to launch intelligence-gathering satellite in January

An H-IIA rocket carrying a government optical intelligence-gathering satellite is scheduled for launch in January, according to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. The device will join Japan's seven other reconnaissance satellites believed to be utilized for such purposes as monitoring developments at North Korean missile sites. The ...