Japan launches advanced satellite to orbit with laser communication technology

A Japanese satellite carrying laser relay technology was launched into space on Sunday (November 29) on a mission to transfer data at high speeds from military and civilian Earth observation spacecraft.

A communications satellite carrying a laser payload on board the H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan reached orbit at 2:25 pm EST (0725 GMT or 4:25 pm local time).

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