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IGS 7A (Information Gathering Satellite), a Japanese reconnaissance satellite, was launched from Tanegashima on 12 December at 01:21 UT by a H-2A rocket. IGS 7A joins Japans Information Gathering Satellite system expanding the country's capacity to observe military and civil developments around the world. The Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) is a military spy satellite system whose primary mission is to provide early warning of impending hostile launches.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2011-12-12
    Launch Vehicle: H-2A
    Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan

    Funding Agency

    • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)


    • Surveillance and Other Military

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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