Japan launched a rocket into space with a unique optical relay satellite

Japan sends an optical satellite into space

Japan launched a military relay satellite with advanced laser communications technology into orbit. The satellite will engage in special observations from space to transmit all the data it receives to the Earth. But not with the help of radio, as it had happened before, but with the help of the laser technology. The satellite was launched few hours ago. It is equipped with unique modern laser relay equipment for high speed data transmission.

They can be carried out from both civilian and military spacecraft. The launch took place from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The satellite went into space aboard an H-IIA rocket. The launch operator is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.


Its representatives announced a successful launch. They also noted that the satellite successfully separated from the upper stage of the rocket. And then it crossed the territory of the geostationary orbit, where it will be located for a 10-year flight.

According to the operating company, the launch and flight are going well, everything is going according to the plans. However, the experts note some oddities that attract attention. The mission to launch the new satellite aboard the spacecraft was not broadcast live by the Japan Aerospace Agency, as is traditionally done.

And there is absolutely no information about the exact orbital track of the launched spacecraft. According to official statements of engineers, it is known that the satellite's payload is associated with its placement in low-earth orbit using laser technology.


In geostationary orbit, it will be in a period of constant rotation. Its speed will be approximately 36 thousand kilometers above the equator. The satellite will constantly survey the Asia-Pacific region. Its LUCAS laser technology sends information at 1.8 gigabytes per second, seven times faster than the current radio wave information standard.