Japan’s H-IIA successfully places Radar Reconnaissance Satellite in Orbit

Japan successfully launched a radar reconnaissance satellite into orbit on Friday to replenish the country’s fleet of intelligence-gathering satellites primarily dedicated to advance warning of hostile missile launches in Japan’s neighborhood.

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Japanese H-IIA Rocket Launches DSN-2 Military Communications Satellite

Japan’s H-IIA rocket lifted off from the picturesque Tanegashima Space Center on Tuesday, successfully carrying the DSN-2 military communications satellite into orbit to upgrade the secure X-Band communications system used by the government and armed forces.

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2016 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2016 saw a total of 85 known orbital launch attempts operated by eight nations from space ports in

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Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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2015 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2015 saw a total of 87 known orbital launch attempts operated by seven nations from space ports in eight countries.

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