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UPDATED: 17:08, December 18, 2006
Roundup: Japan launches H-2A rocket
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Japan launched on Monday afternoon an H-2A rocket carrying the country's biggest ever satellite from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Launch of the rocket was postponed from Saturday because of thick clouds near the space center.

The 11th and the latest version of the H-2A series of rocket put the 5.8-ton Kiku No. 8 engineering test satellite, Japan's largest stationary satellites, into orbit about 30 minutes after the 3:32 p.m. launch, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

This is Japan's fifth successful rocket launch this year.

Equipped with four solid strap-on boosters, the rocket boasts the biggest payload capacity in the flagship H-2A series.

The engineering test satellite bears the mission to test technology designed to enable communications between a mobile phone-size device on the ground and a stationary satellite that can cover the entire Japanese archipelago, according to Kyodo News.

Source: Xinhua

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