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Japan Launches High-speed Communications Satellite Kizuna

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H-2A rocket
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Here is a picture of the H-2A rocket carrying the Kizuna satellite.Japan has successfully launched an experimental 342 million H-2A rocket carrying the Kizuna satellite that will provide high-speed Internet access across Asia earlier today.According to reports:

The communications satellite, expected to be in use for five years, separated from the rocket approximately 35 minutes after the launch, said an official of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) during a live broadcast.

Kizuna is expected to begin transmitting and receiving data with terrestrial infrastructures in July will allow super-high speed data communications of up to 1.2 Gbps, which would make it the fastest in the world.That rate would translate to 150 times that of the average high-speed ADSL connection rate of 8 Mbps, or 12 times the speed of a fibre-optic communication delivery to a person’s premises (FTTP).

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