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Japan launches environment monitoring satellite

TOKYO: Japan’s space agency on Monday launched a rocket carrying a satellite that will monitor greenhouse gases, as well as the first satellite built entirely in the United Arab Emirates. The nation’s H-IIA rocket lifted off Monday afternoon at 1:08 pm (0308 GMT) from the Tanegashima Space Centre, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). About 16 minutes later, it sent a Japanese satellite nicknamed Ibuki-2 into orbit. The satellite is officially named GOSAT-2, short for “greenhouse gases…

Pakistan’s remote sensing satellite becomes operational

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) and Pakistan’s indigenous Technology Evaluation Satellite (PakTES-1A) became fully operational today, ARY News reported. According to Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, the satellites which were were successfully launched from China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on July 9, became fully operational after the successful tests in the orbit. "Today, the control of PRSS-1 Satellite has been successfully transferred to Ground Control Stations in…