Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency


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Administrator: Hiroshi Yamakawa Founded: 2003 Successes: 36 Failures: 1 Pending: 7

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is Japan's national aero-space agency. Through the merger of three previously independent organizations, JAXA was formed on 1 October 2003. JAXA is responsible for research, technology development and the launch of satellites into orbit, and is involved in many more advanced missions, such as asteroid exploration and possible manned exploration of the Moon. JAXA launch their Epsilon vehicle from the Uchinoura Space Center and their H-II vehicles from the Tanegashima Space Center.


Launch Vehicle


Configuration: A 204
Family: H-II

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.



At an orbital location of 15° West, Telstar 12 VANTAGE will provide coverage of the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as high traffic maritime zones in the Mediterranean, North Sea, Caribbean and the South Atlantic. The satellite contains 52 Ku-band transponders at 36 MHz.

Launch Window

NET: November 24th 2015 - 06:50 UTC

Launch Window

Open: November 24th 2015 - 06:23 UTC

Close: November 24th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

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Tanegashima, Japan

Unknown Pad, Tanegashima, Japan





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