National Space Development Agency of Japan
- Type: Communications
- Orbit: Geostationary Orbit
First generation Japanese direct broadcasting satellite
Osaki Launch Complex
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
Osaki Launch Complex has witnessed the launch of 24 rockets, including 24 orbital launch attempts, while Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, has been the site for 89 rocket launches.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries N-2
The N-II or N-2 was a derivative of the American Delta rocket, produced under licence in Japan. It replaced the N-I-rocket in Japanese use. It used a Thor-ELT first stage, a Delta-F second stage, nine Castor SRMs, and on most flights either a Star-37E or Burner-2 upper stage, identical to the US Delta 0100 series configurations. Eight were launched between 1981 and 1987, before it was replaced by the H-I, which featured Japanese-produced upper stages. All eight launches were successful.