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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.

  • Japanese Epsilon rocket sends ASNARO-2 radar satellite to orbit

    Christopher PaulJanuary 17th, 2018

    A Japanese Epsilon rocket successfully delivered the ASNARO-2 radar Earth observation satellite to orbit this afternoon. The Epsilon rocket launched from Uchinoura Space Center at (6:00 to 6:35 a.m.) Japan Standard Time, or (4:00 to 4:35 p.m.) Eastern Standard Time.

  • 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.

  • BepiColumbo readied to start journey to Mercury next year

    Jacques van OeneJuly 7th, 2017

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — On Thursday, July 6, the European Space Research and Technology Centre put the new BepiColumbo spacecraft on display. ESTEC, the largest ESA site in Europe as well as the test center for all major ESA satellites, played host to an event denoting that the twin spacecraft are just 15 months away from launch.