02 Feb. 2015 by Maki Catama -- aseanmildef.com
TOKYO, – Japan successfully completed the launch of a radar reconnaissance satellite on Sunday morning, the Kyodo news agency reports.
The launch was performed from the Tanegashima Space Center in the Kagoshima Prefecture in the south of Japan at 10:21 local time (01:30 GMT). The satellite was taken into orbit by the H-2A (H-IIA) carrier rocket.
This is the fifth spy satellite that Japan has launched into the Earth's orbit. It will allow to capture objects on the surface of the Earth at high resolution during nighttime and through clouds. The other four Japanese satellites that are orbiting the Earth include two optical imaging spacecraft and two radar imagers.