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  • 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.

  • Japan’s ‘White Stork’ HTV launches with crucial supplies for ISS

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 9th, 2016

    Japan’s sixth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), also known as “Kounotori” (“White Stork” in Japanese), has successfully launched atop an H-IIB booster carrying essential cargo for the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket lifted off on Friday, Dec. 9, at 10:26 p.m. Japan Standard Time (13:26 GMT / 8:26 a.m. EST) from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center.

  • Japanese Kounotori 6 set for launch to ISS

    Derek RichardsonDecember 8th, 2016

    After discovering a leaking pipe during an early August pressurization test, prompting a delay, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is ready to send its Kounotori 6 (HTV-6) skyward toward the International Space Station.

  • ESA commits to ISS participation through 2024

    Derek RichardsonDecember 4th, 2016

    At a two-day meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, the European Space Agency’s 22 member states approved a commitment to extend European participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program to 2024. ESA is the final partner agency to do so.

  • JAXA launches Himawari 9 weather satellite

    Bart LeahyNovember 2nd, 2016

    After waiting out rainy weather to roll their H-IIA rocket to the launch pad, JAXA launched their latest weather satellite, Himawari 9. The rocket lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center at 3:20 p.m. Japan Standard Time (2:20 a.m. EDT / 06:20 GMT), sending the spacecraft on its way to GEO.

  • JAXA to launch Himawari 9 weather satellite

    Bart LeahyOctober 31st, 2016

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is set to launch the second of two Himawari (“Sunflower”) weather satellites on Nov. 2 from Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) – a delay from Nov. 1. Himawari 9 is a next-generation Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) satellite that will observe clouds, sea surface temperatures, volcanic ash, and other phenomena.

  • Expedition 49 trio ready to leave International Space Station

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 29th, 2016

    Wrapping up their 115-day stay in space, the Expedition 49 trio will depart from the International Space Station (ISS) tonight to land on the steppe of Kazakhstan, southeast of Zhezkazgan. The crew has already packed up and is ready for the upcoming three-and-a-half hour return flight to Earth.

  • 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.

  • BepiColombo mission to Mercury on track for April 2018 launch

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 21st, 2016

    Humanity’s next visitor to the Solar System’s innermost planet remains on track for launch in April 2018, according to the project’s scientist. The BepiColombo mission, being developed jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is currently ahead of its final acceptance tests that will prepare it for shipment to the launch site.

  • ISS crew increases to six with Soyuz MS-01 docking

    Derek RichardsonJuly 9th, 2016

    Three fresh crew members arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in the new Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft. The trio rendezvoused and docked with the orbital outpost’s Rassvet module at 12:06 a.m. EDT (04:06 GMT) Saturday, July 9, while flying 254 miles (409 kilometers) over the South Pacific.

  • First Soyuz MS spacecraft successfully launches with next Space Station crew

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 6th, 2016

    Thundering off from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a Soyuz-FG rocket lit up the early morning sky, marking the first launch of Russia’s upgraded Soyuz MS spacecraft. The mission, carrying a trio of future International Space Station (ISS) inhabitants, was launched exactly at 4:36 a.m. MSK (01:36 GMT) on Thursday, July 7, 2016.

  • Next Space Station crew ready for debut Soyuz MS flight

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 4th, 2016

    With the successful completion of final training sessions, three new Expedition 48 crew members confirmed their readiness for the upcoming flight to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard an upgraded Soyuz MS spacecraft. The crew is set to launch from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 6 (1:36 GMT Thursday, July 7).

  • Japan ends efforts to restore contact with Hitomi X-ray telescope

    Derek RichardsonApril 28th, 2016

    The ASTRO-H (Hitomi) telescope suffered an anomaly on March 27, resulting in the vehicle ceasing communications and separating into multiple pieces. Efforts by JAXA to restore the spacecraft were ended on April 28. The agency will now focus on investigating the cause of the incident.

  • JAXA believes there is still hope for Hitomi

    Collin SkocikMarch 31st, 2016

    On Feb. 17, 2016, JAXA launched the ASTRO-H satellite. The roughly $360 million satellite, equipped with X-ray telescopes to study black holes, encountered an event on orbit on Saturday, March 26, that caused communications with it to become spotty and it has since been imaged tumbling wildly on orbit. JAXA believes, however, that the mission might still be saved.