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2 Japanese satellites to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl damage

Published on Jun 19, 2014 7:31 PM
 
This picture taken on April 15, 2014 shows a facility to pump up underground water at the Tokyo Electric Power CO (Tepco) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. Two Japanese satellites will be launched from Russia to monitor environmental damage near the crippled nuclear plants in Fukushima and Chernobyl, officials said. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - Two Japanese satellites will be launched from Russia to monitor environmental damage near the crippled nuclear plants in Fukushima and Chernobyl, officials said.

The Ukrainian-designed Dnepr rocket carrying 33 satellites, including the two, will lift off at 1911 GMT (3:11am on Friday, Singapore time) from a space centre in the Urals region.

The University of Tokyo developed the two satellites - the Hodoyoshi-3 and Hodoyoshi-4 - on a relatively slim budget of 300 million yen (about S$3.7 million) each.

"The satellites have a number of missions and monitoring the two nuclear plants is part of them," said project leader Mr Shinichi Nakasuka, a professor at the Japanese state-run university.

 
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