2 Japanese satellites to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl damage
Published on Jun 19, 2014 7:31 PM
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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