Japan launches rocket carrying greenhouse gas observation satellite

WATCH: UAE's first Emirati-built satellite KhalifaSat launches from Japan

First Emitrati-made satellite launched into space

An H-2A rocket carrying an Ibuki-2 greenhouse gas observation satellite was launched Monday from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan, successfully putting the satellite into its planned orbit.

By 2021, the UAE aims to lift its space program to the next level by launching a Mars mission.

The UAE launched its first satellite, DubaiSat1, into space in 2009.

The rocket also carried KhalifaSat, an earth observation satellite developed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in the United Arab Emirates.

Millions witnessed the live launch of KhalifaSat from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre, reflecting the strong bonds of partnership between the UAE and nations across the world, with the aim to ensure safety, peace and security for humanity.

KhalifaSat has been equipped with technologically advanced remote-sensing observation satellites, with five patents registered.

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The satellite will also monitor environmental changes locally and internationally to support global efforts to preserve the environment.

KhalifaSat was third UAE satellite to be launched into space, after DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2.

One is a JAXA spacecraft created to monitor greenhouse gases, called the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite-2, or GOSAT-2.

The development of KhalifaSat forms part of MBRSC's long-term strategy in the UAE, to encourage innovation, stimulate technological progress, promote sustainable development, and create a generation of Emirati scientists and engineers who will contribute to the achievement of a scientific renaissance and take the initiative to launch ambitious space projects over the next few decades.

The country aims to send its first two astronauts to the International Space Station in 2019.

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