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Jan. 18, 2018 Updated
Success of Epsilon-3 Launch with ASNARO-2 Aboard

At 6:06:11 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) January 18, 2017, JAXA launched Epsilon-3, the third Epsilon launch vehicle which encapsulates NEC Small radar satellite "ASNARO-2", from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The launch occurred on time. The launch and flight of Epsilon-3 took place normally. Approximately 52 minutes 35 seconds into the flight, the separation of ASNARO-2 proceeded, with confirmation as successful.

Success of Epsilon-3 Launch with ASNARO-2 Aboard

Jan. 12, 2018 Updated
First Light images from SHIKISAI (GCOM-C) were released

JAXA has released some observation images on the Earth acquired by the Global Changing Observation Mission - Climate "SHIKISAI" (GCOM-C). The SHIKISAI was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center at 10:26:22, 2017 (Japan Standard Time). These images are obtained by using the test radio wave transmitted from GCOM-C/SGLI on January 1st to 6th, 2018 (JST).
Image: Color composite image around the Okhotsk Sea Ice

First Light images from SHIKISAI (GCOM-C) were released

Dec. 24, 2017 Updated
SHIKISAI and TSUBAME critical operation phase successfully completed! Initial function verification starts!

JAXA received telemetry data from SHIKISAI and TSUBAME, confirming that their satellite attitude control system had transitioned to the steady state. Current status of both satellites is stable.
Subsequently, the following procedure occurred - power generation that supports the satellites’ operation by the deployed solar array wings, ground communications and sound attitude control that maintains those operations. Combined by the completion of the series of other operations, such as powering up of the bus and mission equipment, the satellites have entered the state where they can be sustained in orbit. This concludes their critical operations phase.
SHIKISAI and TSUBAME will take about three months to verify the function of its onboard equipment and instruments in space.

SHIKISAI and TSUBAME critical operation phase successfully completed! Initial function verification starts!

Dec. 23, 2017 Updated
Successful Launch, H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 37 Encapsulating SHIKISAI and TSUBAME

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 37 with the Global Changing Observation Mission - Climate "SHIKISAI" (GCOM-C) and the Super Low Altitude Test Satellite "TSUBAME" (SLATS) onboard lifted off at 10:26:22 a.m. on December 23, 2017 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The launch and flight of H-IIA F37 proceeded as planned. So did the separation of SHIKISAI and TSUBAME, which was confirmed respectively at approximately 16 minutes and 13 seconds and 1 hour and 47 minutes 59 seconds after liftoff.

Successful Launch, H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 37 Encapsulating SHIKISAI and TSUBAME

Dec. 19, 2017 Updated
Astronaut Kanai began his long-term stay at ISS

The Soyuz Spacecraft with Astronaut Norishige Kanai onboard lifted off at 10:36 a.m. on December 17 (Sun., Japan Standard Time,) and docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on December 19 (Tue.). After the hatch to the ISS opened at 7:54 p.m., His first long-term stay there has started.
He will stay at the ISS for about six months as a crewmember of the Expedition 54/55, and will return to Earth in June on the Soyuz spacecraft (53S/MS-07).
Please keep following our updates and don't miss his activities in space. We are welcoming support messages from you!

Astronaut Kanai began his long-term stay at ISS

Dec. 17, 2017 Updated
Soyuz launched with Astronaut Kanai onboard

The Soyuz spacecraft with Astronaut Norishige Kanai aboard was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Republic of Kazakhstan) at 16:21 p.m. on December 17 (Japan Standard time.) The Soyuz will dock with the International Space Station on December 19 (Tue.) JAXA will broadcast a live report of the Soyuz crew including Astronaut Kanai entering the ISS from 7:43 pm on December 19. Please watch it!

Soyuz launched with Astronaut Kanai onboard

Dec. 13, 2017 Updated
JAXA, ESA, CNES, DLR Shake hand on Remote Sensing Data

On December 11, 2017 (local time), JAXA and Japanese National Institute for Environmental Agency (NIES) made a collaboration agreement with European Space Agency (ESA) and on December 12, 2017 (local time), with German Space Center (DLR). The agreement, regarding remote sensing of greenhouse gases and related missions, was signed in Paris, France.
Through the agreement, the parties provide data to cross examine its validity, enabling them to fine tune Earth observation. JAXA will honor its end of the deal by making the data available from GOSAT and GOSAT-2.
JAXA, NIES, and the two other agencies are resolved to help achieve the contributions under the Paris Agreement and to promote global cooperation with other environmental organizations. Calibration and verification of remote sensing data will greatly support that agenda.

JAXA, ESA, CNES, DLR Shake hand on Remote Sensing Data

Dec. 8, 2017 Updated
Epsilon-3/ASNARO-2 new launch date decided!

JAXA has updated the launch date of the Epsilon-3 which encapsulates the ASNARO-2. The Epsilon-3 launch, originally scheduled for November 12, 2017, was postponed as its electrical system needed further confirmation. JAXA has identified and taken countermeasures against the factor that delayed the launch. The new launch date will be January 17, 2018.

Epsilon-3/ASNARO-2 new launch date decided!

Nov. 17, 2017 Updated
JAXA and VNSC sign a Cooperation Agreement in the field of Public Affairs

On November 17, Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) and JAXA have agreed to cooperate in the field of Public Affairs.
JAXA will provide scale models to be exhibited at Vietnam Space Museum, which is under construction in Hao Lac Hi-tech Park in Hanoi. JAXA will also provide advice to VNSC on the museum exhibit and the operation of the museum.
Vietnam and Japan have close cooperative partnerships up to present in many fields, such as remote sensing satellites and applications, space experiments in "Kibo" and development and deployment of small satellites.
Today, new collaboration starts in the field of public affairs. JAXA would like to foster communication between VNSC and JAXA through this cooperation. We believe such efforts would further strengthen the collaboration with Vietnam, which shall lead to even closer and prospering Vietnam-Japan relationship.

JAXA and VNSC sign a Cooperation Agreement in the field of Public Affairs

Nov. 7, 2017 Updated
Astronaut Soichi Noguchi Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew!

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi was selected as a crew member of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 62/63. He will stay at the ISS for about six months from December 2019.
The ISS Expedition 62/63 will be the third spaceflight for Astronaut Noguchi. He was launched as a mission specialist (MS) aboard the Space Shuttle for its Return to Flight mission in July 2005 after selected as a JAXA astronaut in 1996, and also worked on board the ISS for 161 days as a flight engineer of the ISS Expedition 22/23 after launched as the first Japanese left-seater for the Soyuz spacecraft in December 2009.

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew!

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