Press Release


Launch Result of MTSAT-1R/H-IIA F7

February 26, 2005 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Rocket System Corporation
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 7 (H-IIA F7) with the Multi-functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement (MTSAT-1R) onboard was launched at 6:25 p.m. on February 26, 2005 (Japan Standard time). The initial flight angle was 102 degrees.
The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at 40 minutes and 2 seconds after liftoff, the MTSAT-1R separation was confirmed.
We would like to express our profound appreciation for the cooperation and support of all related personnel and organizations that helped contribute to the successful launch of the H-IIA F7.
The weather at the time of the launch was cloudy with a wind speed of 6.8 m/second from the north north west and the temperature at 7.3 degrees Celsius.

(For your reference)
The responsibility breakdown of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 7 operation is as follows.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA): Carrying out comprehensive inspections following the launch failure in Nov. 2003, and supervising launch operations and safety assurance as commissioned by Rocket System Cooperation.
Rocket System Corporation (RSC): Performing launch operations, procurement of the H-IIA F7 and supervision of its manufacturing, and quality control of the H-IIA F7 as commissioned by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport and the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.: Manufacturing the first and second stage systems and solid strap-on boosters (SSBs) for the H-IIA F7, and performing launch facility maintenance as commissioned by the RSC. As a future prime contractor, also carrying out comprehensive inspections after the failure, and reliability assurance of the overall H-IIA F7 in collaboration with JAXA.

Flight Sequence

Lift off
Solid strap-on boosters ignition
Solid rocket boosters jettison
Solid strap-on boosters jettison
Payload fairing jettison
First stage engine cutoff
First and second stages separation
Second stage engine first ignition
Second stage engine first cutoff
Second stage engine second ignition
Second stage engine second cutoff
MTSAT-1R separation
00min 00sec
00min 45sec
02min 07sec
02min 10sec
04min 16sec
06min 37sec
06min 43sec
06min 53sec
12min 32sec
24min 36sec
27min 28sec
40min 02sec
00min 00sec
00min 46sec
02min 09sec
02min 10sec
04min 11sec
06min 31sec
06min 39sec
06min 45sec
12min 27sec
24min 30sec
27min 24sec
39min 58sec

This information is also available on the following websites: (in the MTSAT-1R/H-IIA F7 Countdown site)

For inquiries:
Public Affairs Department, JAXA
Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 through to -6416
Public Relations Office of the
Kagoshima Space Center
Tel: +81-997-26-9013 to 9015