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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.

  • 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 […]

  • Ganbatte! Japan set to launch Hayabusa 2 on Dec 3

    Britt RawcliffeDecember 2nd, 2014

    On Wednesday, Dec. 3, JAXA plans to start the new month off with the launch of their Hayabusa 2 spacecraft atop a H-IIA launch vehicle No. 26 out of Tanegashima Space Center, Tanegashima Island. The launch is currently scheduled to take place at 11:22 p.m. EST (1:22 p.m. JST) on Tuesday night (Wednesday afternoon in Japan). Hayabusa 2 […]

  • Hayabusa 2 launch postponed until Dec 3 due to weather

    Britt RawcliffeNovember 30th, 2014

    Less than 24 hours before the set launch time, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has declared that their Hayabusa 2 launch will be postponed until no-earlier-than Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 11:22 p.m. EST (Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 1:22 p.m. JST). The organization had announced on Friday, Nov. 28 that the original launch day of Nov. […]

  • JAXA’s ALOS-2 mission successfully launches aboard H-IIA

    Jacques van OeneMay 24th, 2014

    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) celebrated its second successful launch of 2014. The H-IIA launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the legendary Tanegashima Space Center right on schedule at 12:05 Japanese local time (0305 GMT). The payload for this mission was the Daichi-2 (ALOS-2) radar imaging  satellite and will be used for disaster monitoring and […]

  • JAXA set to launch DAICHI-2 (ALOS-2) into orbit aboard H-IIA F24

    Jacques van OeneMay 22nd, 2014

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are set to launch the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 24 (H-IIA F24) with the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 – “DAICHI-2” – (ALOS-2) on May 24 at 12:05:14 p.m. (Japan Standard Time).

  • NASA Hosts Prelaunch Media Events for Global Precipitation Mission

    Press ReleaseJanuary 10th, 2014

    NASA will hold a series of media events Monday, Jan. 27, in advance of the February launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory from Japan. The events will be held at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

  • NASA, JAXA announce global precipitation satellite launch date

    Jason RhianDecember 27th, 2013

    With weather and environmental concerns foremost in mind, NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have announced that on Thursday February 27, between 1:07 p.m. to 3:07 p.m. EST (3:07 a.m. to 5:07 a.m. JST Friday, Feb. 28) they will launch the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite. Launch will take place from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center […]