Japan sends satellite into space

Monday, 18 December 2006, 06:00 Hrs
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Tokyo: Japan launched one of the world's largest stationary satellites on Monday after poor weather delayed the blast-off for two days.

The 5.8-tonne test satellite Kiku Number 8 lifted off on board an H-2A rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

The satellite is the largest launched by Japan so far. It is to test technology that will allow communication between a mobile communications device on earth and a stationary satellite.
Source: IANS
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