Japan enters commercial satellite launch race

Japan enters commercial satellite launch race

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Japan: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully put the national space program's first commercial satellite into orbit on Tuesday. Japanese-made H-IIA rocket carried a Canadian satellite into space from Tanegashima Space Center in southwest Japan. About four and a half hours later, it released the payload as planned. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries oversaw the launch.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is hoping that the launch would demonstrate the quality of Japanese rocket engineering, and would lead to orders from the global private sector. Right now, the business dominated by European and Russian firms.

Source: WSJ