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: 5
Family: S-Series


Earth Science

TRICOM-1 is an experimental 3U cubsat build by University of Tokyo. It is equipped with 5 small cameras for Earth imaging purposes, and is also tasked with storing and transmitting data between ground terminals. TRICOM-1R is a replacement for the failed SS-520-4 launch of TRICOM-1.

Launch Window

NET: February 3rd 2018 - 05:03 UTC

Launch Window

Open: February 3rd 2018 - 05:03 UTC

Close: February 3rd 2018 - 05:13 UTC

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Uchinoura Space Center, Japan

KS Center, Uchinoura Space Center, Japan