Spacewatch: Japan’s new ‘spy cam’ cuts through the clouds

Tanegashima space centre sends into orbit all-weather IGS radar satellite in 16th mission to keep eye on the neighbours

This month Japan launched the 16th mission in its spy satellites programme, using the IGS Radar 6 spacecraft, part of the information gathering satellite scheme run by the country’s intelligence agency.

This programme consists of optical and radar spacecraft, and supports civilian disaster management services as well as supplying information to the Japanese military. The radar aspect allows surveillance images to be taken through clouds.

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