Just In !!! Japan Launches Latest North Korea Spy Satellite(See) - eritvnews

Just In !!! Japan Launches Latest North Korea Spy Satellite(See)


Japan’s main H-2A rocket lifts off from its
launching pad to carry an information-
gathering satellite, “Radar 5” onto orbit at
the Tanegashima Space Center in
Tanegashima island, Kagoshima
Japan successfully launched a replacement spy
satellite as North Korean missiles pose
growing threat regional security.


Japan launched a new spy satellite on
Friday, the country’s space agency said,
as the region grows increasingly uneasy
over North Korea’s quickening missile
programme.


The Radar 5 unit was carried into space
on Japan’s mainstay H-2A rocket from a
launch site in the country’s southwest.
It is meant to replace an existing satellite
that is coming to the end of its mission.
Japan started putting spy satellites into
orbit in 2003 after North Korea fired a
mid-range ballistic missile over the
Japanese mainland and into the western
Pacific in 1998.


The threat has steadily accelerated and
just last week Pyongyang fired four
ballistic missiles, with three landing
provocatively close to Japan.


Tokyo currently maintains three optical
satellites for daytime surveillance and
three radar satellites for nighttime
monitoring. Two of those are backups.
The new satellite will succeed one of the
three radar satellites that was launched
in 2011.


The satellites are officially for
“information-gathering” — a euphemism
for spying — but are also used to
monitor damage in the wake of natural
disasters.

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