Japan launches Kizuna

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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8 thoughts on “Japan launches Kizuna

  1. Japan does have great Internet services, but I’m hoping this is the first step to providing free, nation-wide WiFi access.

  2. @ Neil and Marketting……it needs to get that way here though!

    @ Tom…did someoe say free?!?!?

    @ Justin…they’ll probably find someway to incorporate some thing in out brain

    @ R.O….Asia is the motherland of super fat internet

  3. Faster and cheaper Internet is always welcome. They sure do need it. Using the Internet in Thailand, China, and South Korea is way cheaper than Japan for pretty much the same service. They are realizing that they have to reduce those prices and get faster if they want to compete.

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