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Japan successfully launched into orbit a satellite that supplies operational information on natural disasters throughout the Earth
Today, an H-2A launch vehicle was successfully launched from the Japanese Tanegashima cosmodrome on the southern island of Kyushu, which is supposed to launch the DAICHI-2 satellite, ALOS-2 into low-earth orbit, reports NHK.
According to the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA), the launch took place at 12: 05 local time (07: 05 Moscow time).
The DAICHI-2 satellite is the successor of the mission of its predecessor DAICHI, which was launched into orbit in January 2006 and for more than five years has supplied operational information about natural disasters throughout the Earth.
Recall, thanks to the DAICHI satellite, Japanese specialists managed to obtain the most valuable data related to the effects of the earthquake and the 11 tsunami of March 2011 in Japan. DAICHI completed its mission in May 2011.
The two-stage rocket H-2A has been the main rocket of the Japanese space program for many years. It is capable of launching satellites into orbit, as well as payloads weighing 4-6 tons. The first successful launch of the H-2A was carried out in 1994 year.