Michibiki-2 delivered to orbit on the top of the H-IIA rocket !

JAXA managed to deliver Michibiki-2 navigation satellite to orbit after flawless launch from Tanegashima Space Center. Long for 53 m H-IIA rocket manufactured by MELCO was rolled out from assembling facility at Tanegashima Space Center yesterday at 10:00 GMT. After reaching launch pad and connecting fueling and ground control systems, service personnel was allowed to begun […]

Himawari-9 launched on atop of H-IIA F31!

Japanese weather satellite Himawari-9 was launched today at 07:21 GMT from Tanegashima Space Center. It is second start of launch vehicle from Tanegashima in 2016 – it was preceded by launch of Astro-H (Hitomi) on February and it will be followed by mission of the HTV cargo vehicle, which will be launched with supplies for International […]

Last success of Hitomi !

Ended prematurely mission of Japanese research satellite Hitomi proves that even short scientific space mission could bring important discovery. Before its failure on March 26, 2016, Hitomi managed to gather significant data using its scientific payload.  Who dares wins – this should be new motto for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Developing mission of Hitomi satellite (known also […]

Astro-H chance to recover stable flight and communication is low

It seems that chances for recovering control and stabilizing flight of Astro-H satellite are shrinking proportionally to number of debris which is separating from satellite. First signals about debris flying off from Hitomi (Astro-H) seemed to be sad prelude for progressive disintegration of Japanese x-ray observation satellite. Spotted and announced on Twitter by Joint Space Operations […]

Astro-H successfully launched !

Jaxa confirmed that yesterday successfully launched their X-ray space observation satellite from Tanegashima Space Center. Mission of Japanese X-ray observation satellite for astronomical purposes started yesterday at 09:45 GMT. This time weather was perfect, and in morning sun H-IIA rocket, supported by four solid fueled boosters, lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center. After only one minute, weighting […]

Japanese H-IIA rocket, launched on 07:51 GMT is continuing successfully its mission!

Today on 0751 GMT Japanese rocket H-IIA lifts off from Tanegashima Space Center. With Telstar-12V on atop, it is after correct separation with satellite at 1223 GMT. Telstar is starting its 15 year mission. Good luck Telstar and Telesat of Canada! JAXA breathed a sigh of relief today. First commercial mission of the H-IIA rocket passed just to the […]

Japan develop fleet of recoinassance satellites and strengthen cooperation with U.S. Strategic Command

Tensions on South China Sea and in North Korea are not without influence on the direction of development of Japanese space program. Japan announced about increasing fleet of spy satellites. Japan began developing space reconnaissance program in 1998 after North Korea’s test missile fly over Japan. Recently radar and optical observation satellites were launched in 2011, 2013 […]

Asian space race – Japan still on strong position – H-IIA launch on 24th November 03:23, 2015

JAXA is going to launch from launch site Pad 1 in Tanegashima, in first commercial mission HII-A rocket in upgraded version F29. The payload will be broadcast and telecommunication satellite Telstar-12V operated by Telesat Canada Ltd. JAXA HII-A workhorse again in action. This time payload is Canadian satellite Telstar-12V operated by Telesat. Company is well […]