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Myanmar to launch its first satellite in 2021 with Japan's help

Monitoring from space will help improve agriculture and disaster response

Engineers test the Philippines' second satellite, Diwata-2, in 2018. (Photo provided by Hokkaido University and Tohoku University)

YANGON -- Myanmar plans to launch its first satellite in 2021, using Japanese technology. Engineers and researchers in the country will develop an ultrasmall satellite and launch it into Earth orbit with the help of Japan's Hokkaido University and Tohoku University.

The satellite will be an earth observation satellite, which will be used to raise productivity in agriculture, as well as to prevent and reduce damage from disasters and monitor environmental pollution, Yukihiro Takahashi, a professor at Hokkaido University and director of the university's Space Mission Center, told Nikkei.

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