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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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Type: Earth Science

ASNARO-2 (Advanced Satellite with New system ARchitecture for Observation) is an advanced small X-band radar satellite for Earth observation for Japan. Satellite weighs about 495 kg and is to operate in sun-synchronous orbit.


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Mu Center

Uchinoura Space Center, Japan

43 rockets have launched from Uchinoura Space Center, Japan.

Mu Center, Uchinoura Space Center, Japan


Epsilon – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

  • Family: Epsilon
  • Length: 24.4 m
  • Diameter: 2.5 m
  • Launch Mass: 91 T

The Epsilon was manufactured by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency with the first launch on 2013-09-14. Epsilon has 5 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 6 launches. 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 – JAXA

  • Type: Government
  • Abbreviation: JAXA
  • Administration: Administrator: Hiroshi Yamakawa
  • Founded: 2003
  • Launchers: H-II
  • Country: JPN

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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