The advanced satellite with new observation system architecture (ASNARO-2) was launched aboard a third-generation Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima, Japan.
Updated: January 18, 2018, 10:19 a.m. IST
Japan successfully launches a new Earth observation satellite (photo for representation, image: Reuters)
"The launch and flight of Epsilon-3 took place normally," JAXA said in the statement, and further confirmed that after approximately 52 minutes of flight, the 570 kg ASNARO-2 satellite successfully separated from the rocket. . ASNARO-2, developed by the Japanese technology company NEC, will perform Earth observation tasks for five years from its orbit at an altitude of approximately 500 km and can deliver radar images for all weather with a resolution of 1 meter on the ground .  This was the first launch of a JAXA Epsilon rocket ordered by a private company, a successful concept that the Japanese aerospace agency expects to drive this type of order. The Japanese aerospace agency designed the Epsilon to be smaller than conventional rockets to reduce the cost of launching small satellites. The cost of this launch is estimated at around $ 36 million, approximately half the cost of conventional rockets.
The first Epsilon rocket was launched in September 2013 to put into orbit the first remote planetary observation space telescope.
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