H-IIA 204
DSN 2 (Kirameki 2)

H-IIA 204 | DSN 2 (Kirameki 2)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launch of a H-IIA 204 Rocket

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was scheduled to launch a H-IIA 204 rocket as part of the DSN 2 (Kirameki 2) mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Tue, Jan 24th, 2017, 2:44 AM EST 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 204 and experience the excitement for yourself.


DSN 2 (Kirameki 2)

DSN 2, also known as Kirameki 2, is a geostationary communications satellite to be used for military communications by the Japanese military.


Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan

Tanegashima, Japan
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency



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.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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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