Photos: H-2A rocket launches satellite for Canadian company
Japanese H-2A rocket delivers for Telesat
Live coverage: Japan’s H-2A rocket blasts off on first commercial flight
After a brief delay to chase away a boat from offshore waters, Japan’s H-2A rocket launched at 0650 GMT (1:50 a.m. EST) with the Telstar 12 Vantage telecom satellite. The launch from marks the first flight of an H-2A rocket with an upgraded upper stage, and the launcher’s first dedicated commercial mission.