Japan will spend $601.6 million in its fiscal 2004 space budget to develop and assemble two replacement reconnaissance satellites for those lost in an H-IIA launch failure. It's also putting $70 million into satellite and launch vehicle failure analysis. The total space budget of $2.60 billion also has $218.7 million allocated to replace another satellite lost to an H-II mishap--the 1999 MTSAT (Multipurpose Transport Satellite). Backed by the transport ministry, the MTSAT program ...

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