The Japan Space Agency launched a rocket carrying a satellite on Monday that will monitor greenhouse gases and the first satellite built entirely in the United Arab Emirates.
According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the country’s H-IIA rocket took off from the Seed Island Space Center at 1:08 pm on Monday (0308 GMT).
About 16 minutes later, it launched a Japanese satellite called Ibuki-2 into orbit.
The satellite, officially named GOSAT-2, is an abbreviation for “Observing Satellite-2 Greenhouse Gases” and is intended to provide data that will help Japan create and publish national “emissions lists” of carbon dioxide emissions, as described in Paris. Climate agreement.
The satellite will also make accurate observations of methane and other gases.
The Japanese rocket also released “KhalifaSat”, the first satellite built by local engineers in the UAE.
Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed said in a tweet: “The launch of Halifaxat is an unprecedented achievement in the UAE.”
“The dream of embracing our space has become a reality.”
It plans to release five smaller satellites from the Japanese rocket.
Japan Space Agency and its private partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries regard the international satellite launch market as a possible source of income.