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Japan launches Daichi-2

ALOS-2 or Daichi-2 at Mitsubishi's facilityJapan: Japan has launched the second Advanced Land Observation Satellite, Daichi-2 – better known as ALOS-2 on an H-IIA rocket. Liftoff took place from Tanegashima Space Centre on 24 May.

Daichi-2 (ALOS-2) is a radar imaging spacecraft which will be operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It will be used for land and resource studies, disaster monitoring and environmental research.

The ALOS-2 mission follows on from the original ALOS, which was launched in 2006 and operated for five years until mid-May 2011. Unlike its predecessor, which carried both optical and radar imagery payloads, Daichi-2 will be used only for radar imaging.

Source: JAXA