Japan launches rocket

Japan Launches Radar Spy Satellite

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has launched a new radar spy satellite that has reached the orbit on H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center. The satellite reached Earth’s orbit 20 minutes after the rocket launch. It is dedicated for observing and picturing military and civil objects from the space. However Japanese professionals do not open up all capabilities of the satellite. This was the 20th flight of the H-2A launcher rocket; 19 past missions passed successfully. At the moment Japan already has 4 optical satellites in the Earth’s orbit. One of the 4 Japanese satellites turning around the Earth is a spacecraft launched in September 2011 which is not yet functional.

According  to the Japanese news agencies, the latest satellite cost estimate was about $512 million; the estimate for the launch of the satellite was $132 million. It is supposed that the new satellite will be reporting to the Government of Japan about the locations of nuclear objects, missile programs and military movements all over the world. According to scientists, the new satellite will help in determining weather changes, for early observations about earthquakes and tsunami, similar to the one happened in March 2011 in Japan bringing a crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Next launch of the H-2A launcher rocket is planned for the spring 2012 and is used to take a climate control satellite to the Earth orbit.
source: www.space.com