Press Release


Launch Postponement of the KIZUNA (WINDS)
by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 14

February 13, 2008 (JST)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency would like to announce that we have decided to postpone the launch of the Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite "KIZUNA" (WINDS) by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 14 (H-IIA F14) as an incompatibility was found with the gas jet thruster for second stage attitude control when propellant loading operations for the thruster were being carried out last night.  Since it is expected to take time to deal with the problem, we decided to postpone the launch.

The launch was originally scheduled for February 15, 2008 (Japan Standard Time, JST.)

The new launch date will be announced as soon as it is determined.