Press Release


Launch Postponement of the Advanced Land Observing Satellite "Daichi" (ALOS)/H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 8

January 18, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 8 (H-IIA F8) with the Advanced Land Observing Satellite "Daichi" (ALOS) onboard has been postponed due to a malfunction found yesterday in a part of the launch vehicle onboard equipment(*1) during the Y-1 operations(*2). We will replace the malfunctioned part with a new one.

The launch was originally scheduled on January 19 (Thu), 2006 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

(*1) Telemetry transmitter: the equipment to transmit flight status data to ground stations
(*2) Operations one day prior to the launch day (The launch day is over two days for the H-IIA F8; therefore, "one day prior to the launch day" is actually two days before the launch day on a calendar.)

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

For inquiries:
JAXA Public Affairs Department
Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 to 7, Fax: +81-3-6266-6910

Public Relations Office of the Kagoshima Space Center
Tel: +81-997-26-9262 to 3