Japan postpones launch of observation satellite


Lerato Khumalo

According to a statement by JAXA, the schedule for the launch of a new type of observation satellite from the southern Tanegashima Space Center has been changed.

The observation satellite, which was announced to be launched on June 30, will be launched at the beginning of the week due to bad weather conditions in the southern regions of the country.

The “Advanced Land Observation Satellite” (ALOS-4), which has an infrared sensor developed by the Japanese Ministry of Defense, will replace the ALOS-2 in use.

The new type of “ALOS-4” satellite will conduct reconnaissance missions such as collecting data for disaster mapping and monitoring military activities, including missile tests.