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  • Japan’s H-3 rocket to be more powerful, cost-effective than predecessor

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 26th, 2016

    Japan is working on its newest launch vehicle, known as the H-3, which will be more powerful and cost-efficient than the H-2A booster currently in service. On July 20, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced it has completed the basic design of the rocket, scheduled to be ready for its maiden flight in 2020.

  • UAE’s Mars mission to be launched from Japan

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 25th, 2016

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Tuesday, March 22, that its first Mars probe will be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. A deal detailing this cooperation was signed by UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) company.

  • Ad ASTRO-H! H-IIA thunders to orbit with JAXA observatory

    Jason RhianFebruary 17th, 2016

    A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA 204 rocket lifted off at 5:45 p.m. JST (03:45 a.m. EST, 08:45 GMT) from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center located off the southern coast of Japan. The flawless flight of the ASTRO-H X-ray observatory is the first of two planned to take place from Tanegashima this year.

  • Poor weather delays flight of H-IIA rocket with ASTRO-H

    Jason RhianFebruary 11th, 2016

    JAXA has decided to delay the flight of a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA 204 rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center due to encroaching rough weather. A new launch date/time of the ASTRO-H space-based observatory has not been announced.

  • ISAS, JAXA to reveal the secrets of the universe with ASTRO-H

    Jason RhianFebruary 11th, 2016

    JAXA and ISAS have the ASTRO-H observatory ready to be sent on its way atop a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA 204 rocket from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center located off the Coast of the Southern Japanese mainland.

  • New “Telstar” placed in orbit with flight of H-IIA rocket

    Jason RhianNovember 24th, 2015

    A Japanese H-IIA 204 booster carried out the country's first dedicated commercial satellite launch on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The rocket with the Telstar 12V spacecraft thundered off the launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center at 15:50 JST (06:50 GMT).

  • Japanese H-IIA 204 prepped to launch Telstar 12V

    Jason RhianNovember 23rd, 2015

    The U.S. Telstar 12V satellite is primed for launch atop a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA 204 rocket from the launch site at Tanegashima, Japan. Liftoff is currently scheduled to take place at 15:23 JST (06:23 GMT) on Nov. 24, 2015. If everything goes according to plan, the spacecraft will become the latest addition to Telesat’s fleet of communications satellites.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: JAXA launches IKAROS

    Jason RhianMay 21st, 2015

    On this date in spaceflight history, an interesting coincidence in timing occurs. Yesterday, United Launch Alliance (ULA ) launched the LightSail experiment as a secondary payload of the AFSPC-5 mission that was conducted with the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B mini shuttle. A half decade ago, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency also launched a solar sail of its […]

  • Ganbatte! Japan set to launch Hayabusa 2 on Dec 3

    Britt RawcliffeDecember 2nd, 2014

    On Wednesday, Dec. 3, JAXA plans to start the new month off with the launch of their Hayabusa 2 spacecraft atop a H-IIA launch vehicle No. 26 out of Tanegashima Space Center, Tanegashima Island. The launch is currently scheduled to take place at 11:22 p.m. EST (1:22 p.m. JST) on Tuesday night (Wednesday afternoon in Japan). Hayabusa 2 […]

  • Japan successfully launches sunflower satellite Himawari-8

    Britt RawcliffeOctober 7th, 2014

    Despite strong winds  at 1:16 am EST (2:16 pm JST) on Oct 7, Japan’s Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched the Himawari-8 satellite on time to begin studying the weather from space. The weather was partly cloudy and launch conditions in the afternoon hours were favorable for launch. Himawari, meaning “sunflower” in Japanese, was […]

  • “Uchiage!” NASA and JAXA launch GPM Core Observatory on H-IIA rocket

    Jason RhianFebruary 27th, 2014

    The island of Tanegashima trembled today, no it wasn’t from a giant radioactive lizard – but rather from the Mitsubishi-built H-IIA launch vehicle which ascended loudly into the sky at 1:37 p.m. EST (1837 GMT). The payload for this flight was a NASA and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency led mission which will study the size and frequency […]

  • JAXA, NASA prepare to launch precipitation-monitoring satellite

    Jason RhianFebruary 26th, 2014

    The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA are preparing to launch the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite from Tanegashima Space Center located on Tanegashima Island, Japan. Liftoff of the Mitsubishi-built H-IIA rocket is currently scheduled for 1:37 p.m. EST (1837 GMT) February 27.