Michibiki 3 (QZS-3)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Michibiki 3 (QZS-3)
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. A single satellite weighs about 4000 kg, has an expected lifetime of 15 years and is put in a elliptical, highly inclined geosynchronous orbit.
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Yoshinobu Launch Complex
86 rockets have launched from Tanegashima, Japan.
H-IIA 204 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
- Family: H-II
- Length: 53 m
- Diameter: 4 m
- Launch Mass: 445 T
The H-IIA 204 was manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with the first launch on 2006-12-18. H-IIA 204 has 4 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 4 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.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – MHI
- Type: Commercial
- Abbreviation: MHI
- Administration: President: Seiji Izumisawa
- Founded: 1884
- Launchers: H-I, H-II, H-III
- Spacecraft: Kounotori | HTV
- Country: JPN
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.