January 29, 2013

Japan: Readying Spy Satellite Launch

January 25, 2013

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency announced that it plans to launch a new spy satellite from its Tanegashima Space Center on January 27. The new satellite will be equipped with radar equipment and will be used for intelligence gathering efforts.

The decision to launch the spy satellite comes in the wake of North Korea’s successful missile test a month ago. Japan also likely plans to launch the satellite in response to concerns that North Korea may be planning to conduct more missile tests or even a nuclear test.

Japan has already launched four satellites. Only one of the current satellites is equipped with radar, so the new satellite will provide greater coverage and intelligence gathering capabilities, specifically aimed at monitoring North Korea.

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