Japan launches spy satellite to monitor North Korea.

Japan's H-2A rocket lifts off from the launching pad at…

Japan’s H-2A rocket lifts off from the launching pad at the Tanegashima space center in Kagoshima prefecture Photo: AFP

A new Japanese spy satellite has started beaming back images from North Korea as Tokyo steps up monitoring of its unpredictable neighbor.

According to experts, the £322.7 million satellite, built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., is fitted with optical cameras and a telescope to provide images to the Japanese intelligence and defence authorities. The satellite is able to identify targets as small as 23 inches.

Two of the earlier satellites have reached the end of their operational lives, but working with the surviving vehicle the new satellite will be tasked with providing advance warning of an imminent missile launch.

Source: Julian Ryall for The Telegraph.

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