Japanese, UAE Earth Observation Satellites Launched

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Tanegashima, Kagoshima Pref., Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--A rocket carrying Japanese and United Arab Emirates earth observation satellites blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Monday.

The H-2A Launch Vehicle No. 40 was launched at 1:08 p.m. (4:08 a.m. GMT) by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.

The Japanese satellite Ibuki-2, or the Second Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2), successfully entered its target orbit.

JAXA is in charge of the development and management of Ibuki-2. Data from it will be analyzed by the Environment Ministry and the National Institute for Environmental Studies.

The satellite's mission is to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gas concentrations, which is expected to contribute to the fight against global warming under international frameworks including the 2015 Paris climate accord.

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