Press Release


Launch Postponement of the Engineering Test Satellite VIII
"KIKU No. 8" (ETS-VIII)/H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 11

December 16, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 11 (H-IIA F11) with the Engineering Test Satellite "KIKU NO. 8" (ETS-VIII) onboard has been postponed due to lightening fears over clouds, including a freezing layer, observed above the launch site. (Please refer to the attachment for an explanation of a freezing layer.) There is little possibility for the weather to recover by the time of the launch.

The new launch date has been set for December 18 (Mon), 2006 (Japan Standard Time, JST). The scheduled launch time is between 3:32 thru 3:44 p.m. (JST.)

The launch was originally scheduled for Dec. 16 (Sat), 2006 (JST.)

For inquiries:
JAXA Public Affairs Department
Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 to 7, Fax: +81-3-6266-6910
General Administration Division, Tanegaghima Space Center
Tel: +81-997-26-9262 to 3