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News Archive / Tagged: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

  • Ariane 5 rocket begins BepiColombo’s journey to Mercury

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 19th, 2018

    Lighting up the skies above the jungles of French Guiana, an Ariane 5 rocket sent a multi-faceted and international mission on its way to the planet Mercury.

  • Japan successfully lands two small rovers on asteroid Ryugu

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 23rd, 2018

    Touchdown! JAXA has made history at asteroid Ryugu!

  • HTV-7 launch rescheduled to September 15

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 12th, 2018

    Weather issues continue to plague JAXA's attempts to send an array of critical supplies to the ISS - including some which could reschedule important activities at the station.

  • Japanese Kounotori 7 to deliver new batteries to International Space Station

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 8th, 2018

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is preparing its seventh resupply spacecraft bound for the International Space Station for a Sept. 10, 2018, liftoff. The mission, designated HTV-7, is slated to deliver more than six metric tons of cargo to the orbiting outpost.

  • Hayabusa 2 arrives at asteroid Ryugu

    Jim SharkeyJune 29th, 2018

    After a journey of about 2 million miles (3.2 billion kilometers), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA)  Haybusa 2 spacecraft rendezvoused with its target, the asteroid Ryugu. This latest milestone marked a critical point in a mission designed to investigate these tiny remnants of the formation of our solar system.

  • 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.

  • JAXA H-IIA launch of GPS satellite canceled

    Bart LeahyAugust 12th, 2017

    In a brief media statement, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that it has canceled today's planned launch of an H-IIA rocket, which is carrying a navigation satellite that is designed to augment the Global Positioning System (GPS) for the Japanese region.

  • Japan gearing up to launch Michibiki-3 navigation satellite

    Curt GodwinAugust 10th, 2017

    The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is in final preparations to launch the third of the country's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) series atop an H-IIA rocket. The satellite, also called Michibiki-3, will augment Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation services in the island nation.