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Japan launches satellite

Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 00:43

May.24 - Japan successfully launches an advanced land observing satellite from its Tanegashima Island space center. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Japan successfully launched a rocket carrying the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) on Saturday (May 24), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said, its mission will include monitoring natural disasters areas. The H2A rocket carrying the advanced land observing satellite "Daichi-2" was launched at 12:05 p.m. JST (0305 GMT) from the Tanegashima Island space center in Kagoshima Prefecture, western Japan. JAXA officials said the 4.5-meter (14.8 feet) high, 2-ton satellite scans the Earth's surface to create an image that would identify a 3-meter (9.8 feet) object, more than tripling the capability of its previous version "Daichi". Daichi was launched in 2006 and helped observing damages caused by the powerful March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Northern Japan in 2011. It has lost power and ceased communication with the Earth. The new satellite, equipped with an enhanced radar system will provide more accurate land surface information regardless of the time of day or the weather. JAXA's project manager Shinichi Suzuki said it will take about 80 days for Daichi-2 to unfold all its equipment to positions and start using the Phased Array L-band Synthetic Aperture (PALSAR)-2 radar to begin scanning. Then the operators will check the credibility of the data transmitted from the satellite to release a higher resolution graphic of the Earth's surface in about six months, Suzuki said.

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Japan launches satellite

Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 00:43