Press Release


Launch of H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 21

March 21, 2012 (JST)

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

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to announce that the launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 21 (H-IIA F21) with the Global Changing Observation Mission 1st - Water “SHIZUKU” (GCOM-W1) and the Korean Multi-purpose Satellite 3 (KOMPSAT-3) of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) onboard, was reported to the Space Activities Commission (SAC) as follows.
To capitalize on the excess launch capability of the H-IIA F21, we will also provide launch and orbit injection opportunities for two small secondary payloads.

Scheduled date of Launch : May 18 (Friday), 2012 (Japan Standard Time)
Launch time : 1:39 a.m. thru 1:42 a.m. (Japan Standard Time)*
Launch Windows : May 19 (Saturday) through June 30 (Saturday), 2012
*Launch time will be set for each launch day if the launch is delayed.
Launch site : Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center