The Japanese have launched a new satellite
Breaking news! Japan today launched a new satellite (QZS-1R) into Earth orbit! Today, October 25, 2021, the sky of Japan was the light of the H-2A rocket taking off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 22:19, Monday EDT (0219 GMT). Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has partnered with JAXA to create this satellite, which is now beginning its space mission. Heavy also said the launch, as well as the rocket flight (as seen), were spectacular.
The satellite launched today (QZS-1R) will have to replace an old satellite, already used for years. It is about replacing the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System 1. It has been in space for almost 11 years, being launched in 2010, so it has already fulfilled the missions it had to fulfill and is now being replaced by a much better satellite and performant. This new satellite has been launched, as space agents around the world call it: "a constellation of satellites", which consists of QZS-1, QZS-2, QZS-3, and QZS-4.
And JAXA had a say after this release. The Japanese Space Agency claimed that the "constellation of stars" is not yet complete and will have to bring into orbit 3 more satellites to complete the constellation of satellites, in the end being 7 satellites that will form a "constellation of stars". These satellites have a mission to transmit data to GPS, and JAXA said the satellites will fly over Japan and try to transmit the best GPS data in mountainous or hard-to-reach regions.
This will help people who go to the mountains or hard-to-reach regions to find their way back or know where they are going, thanks to the new technology developed by JAXA to build these satellites. Of course, even before, GPS shows you if you were in the mountains of Japan where to go, but usually, GPSs show a smaller or larger error. These satellites have been designed and are expected to provide as little error as possible. Maybe in the future, there won't be a single mistake, let's hope!
We wish success to the two companies to complete their mission and bring spectacular new missions in the future with even better technologies!
Credit video: Raw Space
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen
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