Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Type: Government/Top Secret
Japanese optical reconnaissance satellites
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Yoshinobu Launch Complex
86 rockets have launched from Tanegashima, Japan.
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 29 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 29 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.
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.