Launch Schedule

JAXA has been developing and launching various scientific and practical satellites including meteorological and communication satellites, and they are useful for clarifying space science mysteries and for the benefit of our daily lives. JAXA continues its efforts to develop satellites that can contribute to acquiring cutting-edge technologies and solving global environmental problems. JAXA's technologies learned from such a development experience and acquired data are utilized for the expansion of industry and for the improvement of our quality of life. In addition, JAXA is also launching the “KOUNOTORI” (HTV), a pivotal cargo transporter to the International Space Station. The transportation means for satellites and space transporters to go to space are launch vehicles. The following is the launch schedule of JAXA’s satellites and transporters for future space development and technological research.

Upcoming Launch Vehicle and Satellite Launches

Page last updated: December 10, 2016
Launch DateMission
FY2016 Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace "ERG" [ Launch Vehicle : Enhanced Epsilon ]
FY2017 or later H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7)
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI8" (HTV8)
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI9" (HTV9)
Global Change Observation Mission - Climate "GCOM-C"
Earth Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer / Cloud Profiling Radar (EarthCARE/CPR)
Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite-2 "GOSAT-2"
Mercury Exploration Mission "BepiColombo"
Super Low Altitude Test Satellite "SLATS"
Smart Lander for Investigating Moon "SLIM"
H3 Launch Vehicle TF1
H3 Launch Vehicle TF2
Japanese Data Relay System "JDRS" (A data relay satellite.)
Advanced optical satellite
Advanced radar satellite
Next engineering satellite
* This plan is a target project by JAXA. Therefore, it is subject to change due to the actual budget status and project development progress.

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