Kagoshima, January 18: Japan on Friday successfully launched the Epsilon-4 rocket carrying seven satellites from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima.

The satellites have been developed by private sector companies and universities. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA shouldered the cost of the launch, which adds up to roughly USD 50 million, to encourage space exploration by the private sector, reports NHK World. Rocket Carrying 1st UAE-made Satellite Launched from Japan.

In a first for the Epsilon series, which was developed in a bid to put small satellites into orbit at a low cost, multiple satellites were transported. In fact, the largest satellite has been successfully placed in orbit shortly after take-off at an altitude of 514 kilometres. While one satellite will try to create artificial shooting stars, another will test transmission equipment and cameras made from commercial parts.