Japan's information satellite could detect missile launch
TOKYO, Jan 27, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Japan launched an information-
gathering radar satellite, which could detect missile launch
outside the country, by using an H-2A rocket on Sunday.
The satellite, along with an optical satellite, was launched by
the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries Ltd. at 1: 40 p.m. local time from the Tanegashima
Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.
Differing from optical satellite that could only detect the
ground at sunny day time, the radar satellite is capable of
detecting objects on the ground even at night and through cloud
The radar satellite, which is actually an intelligence-
gathering satellite, is reportedly to operate fully in April.
The orbit and capability of the radar satellite as well as
information collected by it are confidential and have never been
Japan began to research such intelligence satellite after the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea launched a missile in 1998.
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