Epsilon  | RAPIS-1 & others

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launch of a Epsilon Rocket

Launch Status

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency was scheduled to launch a Epsilon rocket as part of the RAPIS-1 & others mission. The launch window for the Dedicated Rideshare mission was on Thu, Jan 17th, 2019, 7:50 PM EST from Mu Center, Uchinoura Space Center, Japan. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Epsilon and experience the excitement for yourself.


RAPIS-1 & others

A rideshare mission to launch experimental microsats and cubesats. Main payload is RAPIS-1 (RAPid Innovative payload demonstration Satellite 1), which will test several new technologies in space.


Mu Center, Uchinoura Space Center, Japan

Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency



The Epsilon rocket is a Japanese solid-fuel rocket designed to launch scientific satellites. It is a follow-on project to the larger and more expensive M-V rocket which was retired in 2006. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) began developing the Epsilon in 2007. It is capable of placing a 590 kg payload into Sun-synchronous orbit.

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.