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12:00 AM, February 25, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 25, 2008

Japan launches Internet satellite


Japan's H-2A rocket carrying a high-speed Internet communications satellite is launched at Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture on Saturday.Photo: AFP

Japan successfully launched Saturday an experimental satellite aimed at providing high-speed Internet access across Asia, even when terrestrial infrastructure goes down, the space agency said.
The domestically developed H-2A rocket carrying the Kizuna satellite was launched at 17:55 pm (0855 GMT) with no glitches from the Space Centre on Tanegashima island off the southern tip of Kyushu Island, southern Japan.
The communications satellite, expected to be in use for five years, separated from the rocket approximately 35 minutes after the launch, said an official of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) during a live broadcast.
The 342 million dollar-Kizuna will allow super-high speed data communications of up to 1.2 Gbps, which would make it the fastest in the world, the agency said.

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