Japan puts its first military communications satellite into orbit
H-2A rocket primed for launch of Japanese military communications satellite
Japanese weather observatory successfully boosted into orbit
Key events during the H-2A rocket launch with Himawari 9
Live coverage: H-2A rocket blasts off with latest Japanese weather satellite
A Japanese H-2A rocket launched from Tanegashima Island on Wednesday with the Himawari 9 weather observatory bound for a perch more than 22,000 miles above Earth to improve forecasting in the Asia-Pacific. Liftoff of the 17-story rocket from southern Japan occurred at 0620 GMT (2:20 a.m. EDT) Wednesday.