On Monday, Japan Space agency launched a rocket which is carrying a satellite in Space. The satellite is an environmental monitoring satellite which will detect greenhouse gases, it is also the first satellite built entirely in the United Arab Emirates.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries lifted off the H-IIA rocket at 1:08 pm (0408 GMT) from the Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima island. Almost 16 minutes later, they sent a Japanese satellite called Ibuki-2 into orbit.
“The satellite will play a major role in monitoring the impact of climate change and human activities on the carbon cycle and is expected to contribute to climate science and climate change-related policies,” Mitsubishi Electric said in a statement.
Ibuki-2 also known as GOSAT-2 (Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite) which is developed and made by Mitsubishi Electric. It will orbit the Earth at an altitude of 613 kilometers, the satellite is set to collect and gather data on methane, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. Which will help Japan create and publish “emission inventories” of the CO2 output of various countries, as outlined in the Paris climate accord, according to Space Daily.
The satellite will also detect the amount of pollution present in the air by measuring levels of particulate matter, such as PM 2.5.
The Japanese Space agency also released a rocket named “KhalifaSat” which is built by UAE engineers.
“The launch of KhalifaSat is an unprecedented Emirati achievement,” he futher said, “Our dreams to embrace space have become a reality,” Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed said in a tweet.
Along with Environmental monitoring satellite, Five other smaller satellite is also scheduled to be released from Japanese rocket. However, Japan’s space agency and its private partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are considering the International satellite launch as a possible revenue generating source.