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Kaguya

H-IIA 2022

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Kaguya

Type: Lunar Exploration

Kaguya, also known as SELENE, was the second Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft. Kaguya usede a suite of 15 instruments to gather scientific data on lunar origins and evolution. The main orbiter was accompanied by two smaller satellites: a relay satellite Okina and a satellite Ouna for Very Long Baseline Interferometry observations. Kaguya orbited the Moon for a year and eight months and then ended the mission via a planned impact on the lunar surface.

Location

Yoshinobu Launch Complex

Tanegashima, Japan

84 rockets have launched from Tanegashima, Japan.

Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan

Rocket

H-IIA 2022 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Family: H-II
Length: 53 m
Diameter: 4 m
Launch Mass: 316 T

The H-IIA 2022 was manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with the first launch on 2005-02-26. H-IIA 2022 has 3 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 3 launches. The H-IIA rocket family is an expendable launch system operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The liquid fuelled rocket has been used to launch satellites, lunar spacecraft and planetary science craft.

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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