Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

H-IIB

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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.

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Launch Vehicle


H-IIB

Configuration: 304
Family: H2B

H-IIB (H2B) is an expendable launch system used to launch H-II Transfer Vehicles (HTV, or Kounotori) towards the International Space Station. H-IIB rockets are liquid-fuelled with solid-fuel strap-on boosters and are launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. Mitsubishi and JAXA have been primarily responsible for design, manufacture, and operation of H-IIB.

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Resupply


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

Launch Window

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