H-2A 202 • IGS-Optical 8

The eighth Intelligence Gathering Satellite-Optical (IGS Optical 8) launched on behalf of Japan’s government onboard a H-2A 202, designated H-2A F48 (flight 48). The mission launched from Launch Pad 1 (LA-Y1) at the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. The satellite will head into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 500 km and an inclination of about 97.5 degrees. Delayed from Jan. 11 locally (Jan. 10 in UTC).