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  • JAXA launches Michibiki-4 satellite

    Paul KnightlyOctober 9th, 2017

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Michibiki-4 satellite aboard an H-IIA rocket at 7:01 a.m. Japan Standard Time on Oct. 10 (6:01 p.m. EDT / 22:01 GMT Oct. 9), 2017, from the Tanegashima Space Center. The satellite is the fourth in the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), which is a satellite-based positioning system similar to the U.S. operated GPS.

  • Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft detects strong winds on Venus

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 2nd, 2017

    Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft orbiting Venus has spotted extremely strong winds near the planet’s equator blowing at speeds of over 178 mph (286 km/h). The newly discovered, high-velocity winds could provide important hints about the dynamics of the Venusian atmosphere.

  • H-IIA rocket launches 3rd Japanese navigation satellite

    Derek RichardsonAugust 19th, 2017

    Lifting off from the sea-side Tanegashima Space Center, Japan’s H-IIA rocket launched the Asian country’s latest GPS augmentation satellite for the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). The launch took place at 1:29 a.m. EDT (5:29 GMT) Aug 19, 2017.

  • JAXA H-IIA launch of GPS satellite canceled

    Bart LeahyAugust 12th, 2017

    In a brief media statement, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that it has canceled today's planned launch of an H-IIA rocket, which is carrying a navigation satellite that is designed to augment the Global Positioning System (GPS) for the Japanese region.

  • Japan gearing up to launch Michibiki-3 navigation satellite

    Curt GodwinAugust 10th, 2017

    The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is in final preparations to launch the third of the country's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) series atop an H-IIA rocket. The satellite, also called Michibiki-3, will augment Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation services in the island nation.

  • BepiColumbo readied to start journey to Mercury next year

    Jacques van OeneJuly 7th, 2017

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — On Thursday, July 6, the European Space Research and Technology Centre put the new BepiColumbo spacecraft on display. ESTEC, the largest ESA site in Europe as well as the test center for all major ESA satellites, played host to an event denoting that the twin spacecraft are just 15 months away from launch.

  • JAXA launches second ‘Michibiki’ navigation satellite

    Bart LeahyJune 1st, 2017

    TANEGASHIMA SPACE CENTER, Japan — A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-IIA rocket launched the second of four navigation satellites. The satellite, Michibiki-2, is part of a system designed to provide global positioning system (GPS) services for the Japanese home islands.

  • Japanese navigation constellation set to expand with H-IIA launch

    Derek RichardsonMay 30th, 2017

    Japan is set to launch its third H-IIA rocket in 2017. The two-stage vehicle, the workhorse for the Japanese space agency, will send to space Michibiki-2, the second satellite in the country’s regional navigation system.

  • Japanese Information Gathering Satellite sent into orbit

    Derek RichardsonMarch 17th, 2017

    After a 24-hour delay, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched its H-IIA rocket with the Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) Radar 5 reconnaissance spacecraft. The vehicle soared out of the Tanegashima Space Center at 9:20 p.m. EDT March 16 (01:20 GMT March 17), 2017.

  • JAXA’s H-IIA with IGS Radar 5 delayed by 1 day

    Derek RichardsonMarch 14th, 2017

    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.

  • Japanese reconnaissance satellite set for Thursday launch atop H-IIA rocket

    Curt GodwinMarch 13th, 2017

    Preparations are underway at JAXA's Tanegashima Space Center for the launch of the IGS-RADAR-5 radar reconnaissance satellite. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA rocket, in the 202 configuration, is set to launch within a 2-hour window opening at 9:00 p.m. EDT March 15 (01:00 GMT March 16), 2017.

  • Japan’s Kounotori 6 re-enters Earth’s atmosphere

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 6th, 2017

    Japan’s sixth Kounotori spacecraft, also called the H-II Transfer Vehicle or HTV, re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on Feb. 5, 2017, after spending nearly two months in space to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) and test new technologies.

  • Japanese tether experiment hits snag

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 31st, 2017

    An electrodynamic tether experiment being conducted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has apparently run into some problems, according to The Japan Times.

  • Japan’s Kounotori 6 leaves ISS, readies tether experiment

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 27th, 2017

    After six weeks attached to the International Space Station (ISS), Japan’s Kounotori 6 spacecraft was unberthed and commanded to leave the vicinity of the outpost. It will now spend a week conducting a few stand-alone experiments for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

  • Japanese H-IIA rocket delivers DSN-2 military communications satellite to orbit

    Curt GodwinJanuary 24th, 2017

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully conducted its first launch of 2017 with the delivery of the DSN-2 military communications satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit. Carrying the payload was an H-IIA rocket configured in its 204 arrangement.