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New Satellite Puts Japan in Top Tier of Remote Sensing

Science  23 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5278, pp. 1038
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5278.1038


Tokyo—Japan's remote Earth-sensing program took off last weekend when an H-II rocket lofted the $1 billion Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (ADEOS) into orbit from the Tanegashima Space Center. The satellite, with eight instruments from three nations measuring everything from stratospheric ozone to ocean turbulence, is a significant addition to the growing international fleet of spacecraft peering down on Earth's environment. But for Japan's National Space Development Agency, ADEOS also marks the start of an ambitious effort to go beyond its traditional role as a rocket and satellite developer and become a major player in research. If all goes according to plan, ADEOS will be joined by three more earth-science satellites by 2000.