JAXA Successfully Launches Surveillance Satellite Aboard H-2A Rocket Written 28 February 2018

Spaceflight Now reports that JAXA successfully launched an H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center on Tuesday carrying a “clandestine government-owned satellite to collect sharp-eyed views of North Korea’s missile developments and other global hotspots.” The Japanese government has not released specifications for the satellite and did not provide a live webcast of the mission, although it “has acknowledged the satellite will join a fleet of Information Gathering Satellites operated by the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, which reports directly to the Japanese government’s executive leadership.” There are six Information Gathering Satellites already operational, which include a “mix of optical and radar spy satellites.”
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