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Japan puts up satellite in step to build homegrown GPS

Quasi-zenith devices to allow location data accurate to 6cm

The quasi-zenith satellite Michibiki (Courtesy of JAXA)

TOKYO -- Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Thursday launched a second quasi-zenith satellite, Michibiki, from the Tanegashima Space Center in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima.

The H-IIA No. 34 rocket lifted off at 9:17 a.m., successfully releasing the satellite into orbit about 28 minutes later.

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