The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the rocket, H-2A launch vehicle, was lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, cited reports.

The satellite, which is 6.5 meters in height and four tonnes in weight, is designed to forecast abnormal weather conditions such as deluge and drought by monitoring rain clouds and precipitation.

The rocket also carried seven small satellites developed by Japanese universities, including Shinshu Univeristy's unit for telecommunications experiments using LED light and Kagoshima University's vapour measuring unit, according to reports.

(Agencies)

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