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H-IIA 2024

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Launch Status



Type: Communications

WINDS, also called Kizuna, is currently under joint development by JAXA and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, as part of the e-Japan Priority Policy Program of the Japanese government’s IT strategy headquarters. WINDS was launched by an H-IIA Launch Vehicle in 2008 to establish the world’s most advanced information and telecommunications network.

It is expected that this information and telecommunications network’s speed and capacity will be much higher than anything achieved previously. The WINDS satellite communication system aims for a maximum speed of 155 Mbps (receiving) / 6 Mbps (transmitting) for households with 45-centimeter aperture antennas (the same size as existing Communications Satellite antennas), and ultra-fast 1.2 Gbps transmission for offices with five-meter antennas.


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Yoshinobu Launch Complex LP-1

Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

88 rockets have launched from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan.

Yoshinobu Launch Complex LP-1, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan


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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