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Launch of Japanese asteroid probe delayed

November 30, 2014

Poor weather at the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan has grounded until at least Wednesday the launch of a $300 million robotic mission to fly to an asteroid, pick up samples and return them to Earth.

H-2A rocket launch in photos

October 8, 2014

A Japanese weather satellite launched Tuesday aboard an H-2A rocket, beginning a mission to monitor tropical cyclones and storm systems over East Asia and the Western Pacific. The H-2A rocket lifted off at 0516 GMT (1:16 a.m. EDT) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan. The launch occurred at 2:16 p.m. local time. The photos below were released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the manufacturer and commercial operator of the H-2A rocket. Some of the images are video stills from cameras mounted on-board the H-2A rocket, showing separation of the launcher’s twin solid rocket boosters, payload fairing, and first stage, then deployment of the Himawari 8 satellite in orbit.

H-2A rocket boosts Japanese weather satellite into orbit

October 7, 2014

Japan has launched a next-generation geostationary weather satellite on the 25th flight of the country’s H-2A rocket, deploying an upgraded meteorological observatory critical to the minute-by-minute tracking of tropical cyclones and other storm systems across the Asia-Pacific.

Upgraded Japanese weather satellite set for launch

October 6, 2014

A space-based weather monitor, equipped with upgraded instruments for more detailed and timely data on tropical cyclones and thunderstorms, is scheduled for launch Tuesday on top of Japan’s 25th H-2A rocket.

H-2A rolls out to launch pad

October 6, 2014

Photos of the H-2A rocket’s rollout to the launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center with the Himawari 8 weather satellite.

H-2A rocket diagram

October 6, 2014

The H-2A rocket, manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, features twin solid rocket boosters and two stages burning a mix of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellants.

H-2A rocket ground track

October 6, 2014

Check out the ground track the H-2A rocket will follow on its launch of the Himawari 8 weather satellite.

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