JAXA’s H-IIA with IGS Radar 5 delayed by 1 day
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has delayed the launch of its H-IIA rocket with the Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) Radar 5 reconnaissance satellite by one day due to weather. Liftoff is now targeted for 9:20 p.m. EDT March 16 (01:20 GMT March 17), 2017.
According to the Japanese space agency, the weather was expected to deteriorate in advance of the original 9 p.m. EDT March 15 (01:20 GMT March 16) launch attempt. Within the next day, JAXA will evaluate the weather for the new launch attempt.
The 174-foot (53-meter) tall rocket will launch from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. While not much is known about the IGS Radar 5 payload, based on its predecessors it will be sent into a Sun-synchronous orbit inclined roughly 97 degrees to the equator in a nearly circular 310-miles (500-kilometer) orbit.
H-IIA is JAXA’s workhorse rocket. Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, it will fly in the 202 configuration, which includes two stages, no liquid-fueled boosters, and two solid-fueled boosters. The vehicle can send about 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms) into SSO.
When it launches, this will be the country’s third orbital launch attempt in 2017, the second from an H-IIA.
Derek Richardson is a student studying mass media with an emphasis in contemporary journalism at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is currently the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also writes a blog, called Orbital Velocity, about the space station. His passion for space ignited when he watched space shuttle Discovery leap to space on Oct. 29, 1998. He saw his first in-person launch on July 8, 2011 when the space shuttle launched for the final time. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized that his true calling was communicating to others about space exploration and spreading that passion.