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Japanese satellite to monitor Asian natural disasters

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to launch a satellite to monitor natural disasters in Asia, said Toshio Doura, Director of Earth Observation Research and Application Centre.

The launching of the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) which had been delayed several times, would take-off in September, he was quoted by Bernama as saying. The satellite is designed to observe and map the earth’s surface, enhance cartography, monitor natural disasters and survey land use and natural resources to promote sustainable development.

Doura said ALOS would transmit the database on natural disasters. He said images obtained from satellites were useful as one of the tools of disaster prevention and reduction.