H-IIA 202 | Himawari-9

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launch of a H-IIA 202 Rocket

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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.



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.


Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan

Tanegashima, Japan
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency


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.

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