Press Release -Reference-


Launch Window of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 15 (H-IIA F15)

December 10, 2008 (JST)

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

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to revise the launch window of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 15 (H-IIA F15) with the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT) onboard.

The new launch windows are:
between January 22 (Thu) and 25 (Sun,) 2009
between January 27 (Tue) and February 28 (Sat,) 2009.

The launch window was previously announced as between January 22 (Thu) through February 28 (Sat,) 2009 (JST.)

(Reason for the revision)
JAXA has been carefully studying the impact of the solar eclipse, which will occur on January 26 (Mon,) 2009, on the post-launch IBUKI, and, as a result of a thorough study, JAXA decided not to carry out the launch on January 26, 2009.