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Japan postpones satellite launch

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced recently it has postponed the launch of an advanced land observation satellite due to a malfunction. The launch vehicle was supposed to place the satellite, which is equipped with several advanced land observation units, into orbit 430 miles above Earth. The agency has said the postponement of the launch was due to a malfunction found Tuesday in a part of the vehicle’s onboard equipment. According to reports the trouble was connected to one of the three data transmitters that send flight status and other vital information to the ground station. After the faulty part is replaced a new launch date will be fixed.