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  • H-IIA takes to the skies with Japan’s IGS-Radar 6 spy satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 12th, 2018

    An H-IIA rocket took to the skies on June 12, on a classified mission to deliver the IGS-Radar 6 (Information Gathering Satellite) reconnaissance satellite for Japan’s Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Centre.

  • H-IIA rocket soars into the sky with IGS-Optical 6 reconnaissance satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 27th, 2018

    An H-IIA rocket soared into the skies above Japan carrying the country's IGS-Optical 6 reconnaissance satellite aloft. The booster thundered off at 11:34 p.m. EST Feb. 26 (04:34 GMT Feb. 27), 2018, from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center.

  • Japan to launch IGS-Optical 6 reconnaissance satellite into space

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 24th, 2018

    Japan is set to launch its flagship H-IIA rocket with the country's latest Intelligence Gather Satellite: IGS-Optical 6. Liftoff is currently scheduled to take place between 11:34 and 11:48 p.m. EST Feb. 25 (04:34 and 04:48 GMT Feb. 26), 2018.

  • Japan launches H-IIA rocket with two Earth-observing satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 23rd, 2017

    An H-IIA 202 rocket took to the skies on Saturday, December 23, 2017, carrying GCOM-C1 (nicknamed SHIKISAI) and SLATS (dubbed TSUBAME) Earth-observing satellites.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.