Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency


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Administrator: Hiroshi Yamakawa Founded: 2003 Successes: 35 Failures: 1 Pending: 6

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: 304
Family: H2B

Vehicle Specifications

H-IIB 304
GTO: 8000
LEO: 16500
Length: 56.6 m
Diameter: 5.2 m
Launch Mass: 551k kg
Thurst: 9000 kN


This is the sixth flight of an uncrewed cargo spacecraft to International Space Station. It will bring the replacement for the batteries used on the Station to store electricity generated by solar panels, as well as 600 liters of potable water.

Launch Window

NET: December 9th 2016 - 13:26 UTC

Open: December 9th 2016 - 13:00 UTC

Close: December 9th 2016 - 14:00 UTC

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Tanegashima, Japan

Osaki Y LP2, Tanegashima, Japan