Earth Observation Satellite Launched from Japan

By: APTN/CBS
By: APTN/CBS
A Japanese rocket carrying an earth observation satellite was launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan on Saturday.

A Japanese rocket carrying an earth observation satellite was launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan on Saturday. (APTN/CBS)

A Japanese rocket carrying an earth observation satellite was launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan on Saturday.

The high-resolution satellite will be used to map and collect data for monitoring natural disasters, and for surveying natural resources.

The satellite will be able to scan and monitor changes in landscape caused by earthquakes, volcanic activity, floods and landslides, as well as the effects of climate change such as the reduction of polar ice, JAXA said.

It will undergo verification and calibration processes over the next few months, and become fully operational around six months after the launch.

The satellite was developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.


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