JAXA’s New SPRINT-A Observation Satellite Launch Set for August

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled its new planetary observation satellite, which is scheduled to be launched in August, to the press at its Kanagawa Prefecture campus.

The satellite, known as the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A), is about four meters tall and seven meters wide, and cost about 4.8 billion yen to develop.

The SPRINT-A is designed to orbit Earth at an altitude of about 1,000 kilometers.

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