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Friday, 18 May 2012 - 13:36
Japan launches first foreign-made commercial satellite
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Japan has completed its first successful commercial launch of a foreign-made satellite.

The H-2A rocket blasted off from the space centre on Tanegashima Island in southern Japan at 1:39 am on Friday.

The South Korean satellite separated from the rocket 16 minutes after launch, followed by three Japanese satellites.

This marks Japan's entry into the launch business.

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