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News Archive / Tagged: JAXA

  • 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.

  • JAXA preps first launch of 2017 with DSN-2 communications satellite

    Curt GodwinJanuary 23rd, 2017

    The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is preparing their H-IIA rocket to launch the DSN-2 – also known as Kirameki 2 – communications satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC).

  • Smallest orbital-class rocket launch ends in failure

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 14th, 2017

    Launching out of Japan’s Uchinoura Space Center at 8:33 a.m. Japan Standard Time Jan. 15 (23:33 GMT Jan. 14), 2017, was a rocket poised to be the smallest and lightest to ever send a payload into orbit. However, telemetry for the fin-stabilized sounding rocket, called SS-520-4, was lost after the first stage finished its 31-second burn.

  • ISS’ power generation system to get crucial update

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 3rd, 2017

    Two upcoming International Space Station (ISS) spacewalks slated for January are expected to result in a crucial update of the orbital lab’s power generating system. Expedition 50 crew are scheduled to venture outside the ISS on Jan. 6 and 13 in order to replace the old nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries on the station’s truss structure.

  • Japan’s Epsilon rocket sends Van Allen belt spacecraft into orbit

    Derek RichardsonDecember 20th, 2016

    Using an upgraded Epsilon rocket, Japan sent its Exploration of Energizing and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) spacecraft into a high-energy orbit that will repeatedly pass through the Van Allen belts to allow the probe to study how geomagnetic storms form. Liftoff from Kyushu Island took place at 8 p.m. Japan Standard Time (6 a.m. EST / 11:00 GMT).

  • Japanese Kounotori 6 arrives at International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonDecember 13th, 2016

    Japan’s sixth “white stork” arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver supplies, experiments, and Christmas gifts for the crew. The Kounotori 6 cargo ship, also called HTV-6, was captured by the outpost's robotic Canadarm2 at 5:37 a.m. EST (10:37 GMT) Dec. 13, 2016.