Rocket: H-2A (202)
Payload: GCOM W1 & KOMPSAT 3
Date: May 17, 2012
Window: 1639-1642 EDT (12:39-12:42 p.m. EDT)
Site: Launch Pad 1, Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan

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Flight ground track

H-2A rocket diagram

Shizuku overview (.pdf download)

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By Stephen Clark

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Credit: JAXA

Artist's concept of Japan's GCOM W1 satellite. Credit: JAXA

The H-2A rocket's first stage during launch preparations. Credit: MHI
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