Japan conducts first dedicated commercial satellite launch

Q.  Which nation on 23rd November 2015 conducted its first dedicated commercial satellite launch?
- Published on 26 Nov 15

a. Japan
b. China
c. Singapore
d. Malaysia

ANSWER: Japan
 
The launch was conducted on 23rd November 2015. Japan launched Canadian communications spacecraft Telstar 12v into orbit abroad the H-IIA rocket that blasted off from Pad 1 of the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre. The launch was jointly organised by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. This is Japan’s first mission to carry a commercial satellite as primary payload and the second to carry a large commercial satellite.

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