Japan to launch optical spy satellite on March 26

 Japan will launch an information-gathering satellite (IGS) with an optical reconnaissance payload on an H-2A rocket on Thursday, said the country' space agency and the commercial operator of the H-2A rocket on Tuesday.

IANS| Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015, 23:01 PM IST

Tokyo: Japan will launch an information-gathering satellite (IGS) with an optical reconnaissance payload on an H-2A rocket on Thursday, said the country' space agency and the commercial operator of the H-2A rocket on Tuesday.

According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the H-2A launch vehicle No.28 is scheduled to launch the spy satellite at 10.21 a.m. on Thursday from JAXA's Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan's southwestern Kagoshima prefecture, Xinhua news agency reported.

Operated by Japan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Centre, which reports directly to the government's executive leadership, the country's IGS programme consists of optical and radar imaging spacecraft.

Thursday's launch will be the country's second launch of this year. Japan launched a radar sensor information-gathering satellite on February 1.