Japan Plans Missile Defense Satellite Launch

Japan is preparing to launch a missile surveillance satellite on January 26, 2017 in an effort to upgrade its surveillance network amidst North Korea’s growing missile capabilities. The satellite, named the Kirameki No. 2, is to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in the Kagoshima Prefecture. The Kirameki No. 2 will use an X-band communication, which is more durable in adverse weather, to transmit large amount of data and to communicate between military units. A previous satellite launch was scheduled for July 1, 2015, but was cancelled after the satellite was damaged during transportation to the launch site.

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