IGS Optical 6

Overview

Destination: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Sun-Synchronous Orbit Yoshinobu Launch Complex Tanegashima, Japan #H2AF38

Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) is a Japanese governmental spy satellite program. IGS Optical 6, as the name suggests, is an optical reconnaissance satellite.

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New optical imaging satellite successfully launched from Tanegashima Space Center

情報収集衛星「光学6号機」を載せたH2Aロケット38号機が27日午後1時34分、鹿児島県の種子島宇宙センターから打ち上げられた。約20分後に衛星を予定通り分離し、打ち上げは成功した。

H-IIA 202

Family: H-II
Configuration: 202

H-IIA (H2A) is an active expendable launch system operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The liquid-fueled H-IIA rockets have been used to launch satellites into geostationary orbit, to launch a lunar orbiting spacecraft, and to launch Akatsuki, which studied the planet Venus. Launches occur at the Tanegashima Space Center.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    53.0 m
  • Diameter
    4.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    4.0 m
  • Launch Mass
    285 T
  • Thrust
    2260 kN
Family
  • Name
    H-IIA 202
  • Family
    H-II
  • Variant
    202
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    H-IIA 202
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $90M
  • Low Earth Orbit
    10000 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    4100 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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Seiji Izumisawa Founded: 1884 Successes: 35 Failures: 0 Pending: 6

Agency Type: Commercial

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational engineering, electrical equipment and electronics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. MHI is one of the core companies of the Mitsubishi Group. MHI's products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, printing machines, ships and space launch vehicles. Through its defense-related activities, it is the world's 23rd-largest defense contractor measured by 2011 defense revenues and the largest based in Japan.

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Tanegashima, Japan

Pad: Yoshinobu Launch Complex


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