Japan has been launching satellite after satellite over the past few years. I have been on top of a few of those launches which include the Kaguya Lunar Probe (and the hi def pictures of the earth it sent back) and the AKARI space Observer.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency‘s latest child in space is called WINDS (Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite) and is code named Kizuna. I prefer to call it Kizuna as scientific and abbreviated names are usually lame -_- not to mention loooonnnggg. Kizuna was launched yesterday from the Tanegashima Space Centre after being delayed for a few weeks and was jointly developed by JAXA, National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

This latest communications satellite will be used to provide low cost high speed internet access across Japan and other Asian countries as well as for testing the next generation of hi definition technology.

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