H-IIA 202 | Himawari-9

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launch of a H-IIA 202 Rocket

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was scheduled to launch a H-IIA 202 rocket as part of the Himawari-9 mission. The launch window for the Earth Science mission was on Wed, Nov 2nd, 2016, 2:20 AM EDT from Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the H-IIA 202 and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Himawari-9

Himawari-9 is a geostationary weather satellite operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency. It will be placed at 140 degrees East and will replace Himawari-8 in 2022. The satellite is about 3,500 kilograms and has a design life of around 15 years with operational life lasting 8 years.The main instrument aboard is a 16 channel multispectral imager to capture visible light and infrared images of the Asian-Pacific region.

Location

Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan

Tanegashima, Japan
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Rocket

H-IIA 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.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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.