Mon, Feb 25, 2008
Kizuna To Test Sat-Based High-Speed Internet
Aero-News readers in Asia may soon
find their Internet connections are quite a bit speedier than
before, thanks to an experimental satellite launched Saturday.
The Associated Press reports the "Kizuna" satellite, designed to
enable super high-speed data transmissions over Southeast Asia,
lifted off atop an H-2A rocket Saturday evening from the southern
island of Tanegashima. The satellite successfully entered orbit a
short time later.
Sporting two large multi-beam antennas, Kizuna is intended to
enable transmission rates of up to 1.2 gigabytes per second across
Japan, and 19 other areas throughout the region not served by
terrestrial high-speed access points. The satellite was developed
by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, in cooperation
with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Kizuna won't be used for commercial purposes -- but if
successful, the technology would likely find its way onto a
commercial platform sometime in the future.
Perhaps more importantly, the launch marked the eighth straight
successful firing of the H-2A, a rocket Japan hopes to put into
service in the commercial launch services arena.
The booster may also be used for a manned spaceflight, as Japan
races to catch up with its main rival in the region, China.
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