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QZS-1R

H-IIA 202

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Launch Status
Success

Mission


QZS-1R

  • Type: Navigation
  • Orbit: Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $90,000,000

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.
QZS-1R is a replacement satellite for QZS-1 which was launched in 2010.

Location


Yoshinobu Launch Complex LP-1

Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

Yoshinobu Launch Complex LP-1 has witnessed the launch of 55 rockets, including 55 orbital launch attempts, while Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, has been the site for 90 rocket launches.

Yoshinobu Launch Complex LP-1

Rocket


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA 202

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.

H-IIA 202

Agency


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational engineering, electrical equipment and electronics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. MHI is one of the core companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

MHI’s products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, printing machines, ships and space launch vehicles. Through its defense-related activities, it is the world’s 23rd-largest defense contractor measured by 2011 defense revenues and the largest based in Japan.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
2 years ago

Improving GPS navigation is a major safety issue for any country good luck to our friends at MHI for this launch.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
2 years ago

Great launch MHI video coverage was good to watch .
Thank you to all involved .
Keep up the great work and improving the future.