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Japan launches satellite to enhance GPS

Saudi Press Agency

Thursday 1438/9/6 - 2017/06/01

Tokyo, Ramadan 06, 1438, June 01, 2017, SPA -- Japan launched a new satellite from its southwesternmost island on Thursday, as part of an effort to enhance its global positioning system (GPS), dpa reported.

An H-2A rocket carrying the second Michibiki satellite lifted off at 9.17 am (0017 GMT) from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. Michibiki means guidance in Japanese.

The Michibiki satellite system is being used to further improve the precision of the GPS.

The aerospace agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launched the first satellite, which is integrated with the US satellite system, in 2010. Two more will be launched later this year so that the government can provide more precise GPS services from April 2018.

13:07 LOCAL TIME 10:07 GMT

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