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Oct. 27, 2017 Updated
H-IIA F37 with SHIKISAI/TSUBAME onboard to be launched on December 23

The launch schedule of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 37 (H-IIA F37) has been decided to be between 10:26:22 thru 10:48:22 a.m. on December 23 (Sat), 2017 (Japan Standard time). The launch will be performed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and JAXA.
H-IIA Launch vehicle No. 37 incorporates JAXA's newly developed outcome to insert SHIKISAI and TSUBAME into different orbit altitude respectively. It will expand opportunities of multiple satellite launch and take full advantage of the capability of H-IIA.

H-IIA F37 with SHIKISAI/TSUBAME onboard to be launched on December 23

Nov. 2, 2016 Updated
"Himawari-9" lifted off for space! Launch Success of H-IIA F31.

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 31 with the Geostationary Meteorological Satellite "Himawari-9" onboard lifted off at 3:20 p.m. on November 2, 2016 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The launch vehicle flew as planned, and at about 27 minutes and 51 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the "Himawari-9" was confirmed.

"Himawari-9" lifted off for space! Launch Success of H-IIA F31.

Oct. 31, 2016 Updated
New launch date and time of Himawari-9/H-IIA F31 decided

The Himawari-9/H-IIA F31 launch was postponed to 3:20:00 p.m. on November 2 due to adverse weather. The launch was originally scheduled for November 1.
Accordingly, the live broadcast of the launch will start at 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 2. Please don’t miss it!
Your support messages are very much welcome through Twitter (Hashtag #himawari9).

New launch date and time of Himawari-9/H-IIA F31 decided

Sep. 2, 2016 Updated
H-IIA F31 with Himawari-9 onboard to be launched on Nov. 1

The launch schedule of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 31 (H-IIA F31) has been decided to be between 3:20 thru 6:18 p.m. on Nov. 1 (Tue), 2016 (Japan Standard time). The launch will be performed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and JAXA.
The H-IIA F31 will carry the geostationary meteorological satellite "Himarawi-9," which will be operated for observation by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

H-IIA F31 with Himawari-9 onboard to be launched on Nov. 1

Feb. 17, 2016 Updated
ASTRO-H successfully launched and named “Hitomi”.

H-IIA F30 with the "ASTRO-H" onboard launched at 5:45 p.m. on Feb 17, 2016 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The rocket flew smoothly, and, at about 14 minutes after liftoff, "ASTRO-H" was separated from the H-IIA F30.
ASTRO-H is the eye to study the hot and energetic universe. Therefore we name ASTRO-H, "Hitomi". The word "Hitomi".generally means "eye", and specifically the pupil, or entrance window of the eye – the aperture!

ASTRO-H successfully launched and named “Hitomi”.

Nov. 24, 2015 Updated
Telstar 12 VANTAGE lifted off for space! Launch Success of H-IIA F29.

The H-IIA F29 with Telstar 12 VANTAGE onboard lifted off at 3:50:00 p.m. on Nov. 24, (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 4 hours and 27 minutes after liftoff, the separation of the Telstar 12 VANTAGE was confirmed.

H-IIA F29 incorporates the outcome of the H-IIA UPGRADE. Following a long coast, the 3rd burn of the upgraded 2nd stage was conducted successfully. Then, Telstar 12 VANTAGE was injected closer to geostationary orbit than previous standard transfer orbit.

Telstar 12 VANTAGE lifted off for space! Launch Success of H-IIA F29.

Nov. 22, 2015 Updated
H-IIA F29 to be launched soon! Live broadcast from 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 24 (Tue.)

The launch time of the Upgraded H-IIA (H-IIA F29) was set for 3:23 p.m. on November 24 (Tue.) 2015 (Japan Standard Time).
JAXA will broadcast a live launch report from the Tanegashima Space Center from 2:45 p.m. on the day. You can watch it through the Internet at home. Please do not miss this event!
Please send your support messages for the mission, or tweet it including the hashtag #h2af29.

H-IIA F29 to be launched soon! Live broadcast from 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 24 (Tue.)

Sep. 18, 2015 Updated
Upgraded H-IIA (H-IIA F29) launch on Nov. 24

The launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No..29 (H-IIA F29) was set to be between 3:23 p.m. thru 5:07 p.m. on Nov. 24 (Tue.), 2015 (Japan Standard Time).
Our achievement of developing an upgraded flagship launch vehicle for acquiring global-level launch capacity of a geostationary satellite (upgraded specifications) is incorporated into the second stage of the H-IIA F29. With the upgraded technology, our launch vehicle will be further improved to be more user friendly and useful than the conventional H-IIA.
H-IIA F29 launch will be broadcasted live.

Upgraded H-IIA (H-IIA F29) launch on Nov. 24

Dec. 3, 2014 Updated
"Hayabusa2" successfully launched!

H-IIA F26 with the Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2" onboard launched at 1:22:04 p.m. on Dec 3, 2014 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The rocket flew smoothly, and, at about approximately one hour, 47 minutes and 21 seconds after liftoff, "Hayabusa2" was separated from the H-IIA F26. We will update you with the latest information on the "Hayabusa2" on the project page.
Please send your support messages for the mission! (you can send a message from Hayabusa2 Project page or tweet with hashtag #hayabusa2).

"Hayabusa2" successfully launched!

Nov. 30, 2014 Updated
"Hayabusa2" Launch rescheduled to 1:22:04 p.m. on December 3 (Mon.) 2014

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA have decided to postpone the launch of "Hayabusa2" and piggyback payloads by the H-IIA F26 to 1:22:04 p.m. on Dec 3 (Wed. JST).

The live launch report will begin at 12:25 p.m. on December 3 (Mon. , JST). The report will be broadcast through the Internet.
Please send your support messages for the mission! (you can send a message from Hayabusa2 Project page or tweet with hashtag #hayabusa2).

We decided to postpone as a result of the go/no go decision meeting today which carefully checked the weather forecast and found that strong wind exceeding the weather restrictions was projected around the launch pad at the scheduled launch time on the previous schedule launch day of Dec. 1 (Mon.), 2014.
*The launch may be delayed further depending on weather conditions and other factors.

"Hayabusa2" Launch rescheduled to  1:22:04 p.m. on December 3 (Mon.) 2014

Nov. 29, 2014 Updated
"Hayabusa2" Launch rescheduled to 1:22:43 p.m. on December 1 (Mon.) 2014

The launch of the Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2" and three micro piggyback payloads by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 was rescheduled at 1:22:43 p.m. on December 1 (Mon. Japan Standard Time, JST) after carefully studying the weather conditions.
Accordingly, the live launch report will begin at 12:25 p.m. on December 1 (Mon. , JST). The report will be broadcast through the Internet.
Please send your support messages for the mission, or tweet it including the hashtag #hayabusa2.

"Hayabusa2" Launch rescheduled to 1:22:43 p.m. on December 1 (Mon.) 2014

Nov. 28, 2014 Updated
Hayabusa2 launch postponement

H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.26 with the Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2" onboard has been rescheduled as clouds including a freezing layer that exceeds the restrictions for suitable weather are forecast to be generated at around the scheduled launch time on November 30 (Sun.), 2014 (Japan Standard Time.)
The new launch day will be announced as soon as it is determined.

Hayabusa2 launch postponement

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