H-IIA 204
Michibiki 3 (QZS-3)

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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 Michibiki 3 (QZS-3) mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Sat, Aug 19th, 2017, 1:29 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 204 and experience the excitement for yourself.


Mission

Michibiki 3 (QZS-3)

The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is a three-satellite regional time transfer system and the satellite-based augmentation system for the GPS that would be receivable within Japan. The primary purpose of QZSS is to increase the availability of GPS in Japan's numerous urban canyons, where only satellites at very high elevation can be seen. A secondary function is performance enhancement, increasing the accuracy and reliability of GPS derived navigation solutions. A single satellite weighs about 4000 kg, has an expected lifetime of 15 years and is put in a elliptical, highly inclined geosynchronous orbit.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan

Tanegashima, Japan
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Rocket

H-IIA 204

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