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Japan Ministry of Defense Will Launch Special Communications Satellite of Self-Defense Forces “Kirameki-1” in April

On March 22, according to the report from the Japan News Service, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced on the 20th that it would launch the “X-band” communications satellite “Kirameki-1” for the Self-Defense Forces in French Guiana, South America on April 6.

“Kirameki-1” was planned to launch in 2016, but it was delayed due to the damage during the transportation. The launch date is scheduled at 6:34am on April 6 (Japan time). It will be launched by the rocket of the European space giant Ariane.

Before “Kirameki-1”, “Kirameki-2” was launched at the Seed Island in Kagoshima Prefecture in January 2017 and started to apply in April that year. “Kirameki-3” is predicted to launch in 2022. The total costs of three satellites is predicted to reach 202.7 billion Japanese dollars.