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GOSAT-GW

H-IIA 202

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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Mission

GOSAT-GW

Type: Earth Science
Launch Cost: $90,000,000

GOSAT-GW (Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite Greenhouse gases and Water cycle), formerly known as GOSAT 3, is JAXA’s next generation satellite to monitor the greenhosue gases like carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. It is the follow on to the GOSAT 2 (Ibuki 2) and GCOM-W (Shizuku) missions.

GOSAT-GW will have two missions: greenhouse gases observation for Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), and water-cycle observation for JAXA. By developing the GOSAT-GW satellite, Mitsubishi Electric will contribute to measures for preventing disasters attributed to global warming and climate change, and to advance scientific and technological methods that enable more accurate prediction of climate change.

In December 2013, Mitsubishi Electric (MELCO) was selected as the prime contractor for the spacecraft and the instruments.

Location

Yoshinobu Launch Complex

Tanegashima, Japan

84 rockets have launched from Tanegashima, Japan.

Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan

Rocket

H-IIA 202 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Family: H-II
Length: 53 m
Diameter: 4 m
Launch Mass: 285 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 10000 kg

The H-IIA 202 was manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with the first launch on 2001-08-29. H-IIA 202 has 28 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 28 launches. 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.

Agency

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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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