Japan launches satellite to monitor missiles launched from North Korea

Japan today put a surveillance satellite into orbit, which includes monitoring missile launches from North Korea, local media reported.

The H2A rocket that placed the satellite in orbit took off from the Tanegashima space center in southern Japan, and its mission is to take photos of the Earth at a height of hundreds of kilometers, according to the public television network NHK .

The main objective of the photographs taken by that satellite is to monitor missile launch sites in North Korea, as well as assess damage caused by natural disasters.

Japan currently has seven satellites whose mission is to obtain intelligence information, but plans to increase that number to ten.


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