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  • 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.

  • 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.