The Japanese space agency Jaxa confirmed this Sunday the success of its mission. The launch of the H2A rocket took place at 10:21 a.m. local time from the Tanegashima base. The Japanese design and manufacture H2A launcher thus marks its 27th success.
The shooting was not broadcast live on television or from the space agency's website, and for good reason, it was a launch ordered by the government aimed at the installation of a spy satellite .
The device should collect information and it complements a broader device with several vehicles, the last launch of which was organized in 2013.
Specialized in observation, the Japanese spy satellite should make it possible to locate and identify targets on the ground one meter aside, at night or during difficult climatic situations.
The Japanese spy satellite network project was born in 1990, following the amplification of tensions between the archipelago and North Korea. The program then accelerated in 1998 after the first missile tests of the Pyongyang regime. But the newly launched satellite should also make it possible to carry out assistance operations by offering detailed pictures of disaster areas.
However, the main objective of these satellites will be to monitor the activity of North Korea. Japan has been on the alert since 2012 when Kim Jong Un, freshly arrived in power, launched rocket tests into space, a way for the regime to disguise a long-range ballistic missile test.