|MINI-ROCKET LAUNCH A SUCCESS|
Officials at Japan's space agency have reason to celebrate after successfully putting a microsatellite into orbit onboard a domestically made mini-rocket.
The rocket was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center in southwestern Japan on Saturday afternoon. Officials with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the microsatellite was then released into its designated orbit.
The 10-meter-long rocket is one of the smallest in the world. The microsatellite measures 12 by 12 centimeters and is 35 centimeters long. The three-kilogram device was developed by a team at the University of Tokyo.
The satellite will capture images of the Earth which will then be beamed back to ground control. Both the rocket and satellite were made using consumer parts to reduce costs.
The launch comes as the global demand for microsatellites is growing. JAXA officials hope the success of the launch will encourage private businesses to expand into the space sector.