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  • 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.

  • Ad ASTRO-H! H-IIA thunders to orbit with JAXA observatory

    Jason RhianFebruary 17th, 2016

    A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA 204 rocket lifted off at 5:45 p.m. JST (03:45 a.m. EST, 08:45 GMT) from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center located off the southern coast of Japan. The flawless flight of the ASTRO-H X-ray observatory is the first of two planned to take place from Tanegashima this year.

  • New “Telstar” placed in orbit with flight of H-IIA rocket

    Jason RhianNovember 24th, 2015

    A Japanese H-IIA 204 booster carried out the country's first dedicated commercial satellite launch on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The rocket with the Telstar 12V spacecraft thundered off the launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center at 15:50 JST (06:50 GMT).

  • Japanese H-IIA 204 prepped to launch Telstar 12V

    Jason RhianNovember 23rd, 2015

    The U.S. Telstar 12V satellite is primed for launch atop a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA 204 rocket from the launch site at Tanegashima, Japan. Liftoff is currently scheduled to take place at 15:23 JST (06:23 GMT) on Nov. 24, 2015. If everything goes according to plan, the spacecraft will become the latest addition to Telesat’s fleet of communications satellites.

  • “Asteroid Explorer” Hayabusa 2 successfully launches

    Britt RawcliffeDecember 3rd, 2014

    Late last night (Wednesday afternoon in Japan) at 11:22 p.m. EST (1:22 p.m. JST), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched their “Asteroid Explorer” spacecraft, Hayabusa 2. It was launched aboard the Mitsubishi-built H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 out of the Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island. The spacecraft is now headed to collect samples from […]