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Japan launches advanced relay satellite with laser communications tech into orbit –

Earth observation data will flow more quickly using laser technology instead of radio, according to JAXA




A Japanese satellite carrying laser relay technology launched into space Sunday (Nov. 29) on a mission to transfer data at high speeds from military and civilian Earth observation spacecraft.
The communications satellite carrying the laser payload soared to orbit at at 2:25 a.m. EST (0725 GMT or 4:25 p.m. local time) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan, aboard an H-IIA rocket.
Rocket builder and launch provider Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) announced the successful launch on…

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