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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Tanegashima, Japan, 28 March: Japan successfully launched two spy satellites into orbit Friday morning [28 April] to enable it to monitor North Korea's missile and nuclear activities. An H-2A rocket carrying the two spy satellites blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southwestern Kagoshima Prefecture at 10.27 a.m. as planned, the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) said.
The rocket, the fifth version of the domestically developed launch vehicle, split off the two information-gathering satellites around 10.50 a.m., and the satellites opened their solar battery panels shortly after 11.00 …