Press Release


Suspension of the First Captive Firing Test (CFT)
of the First Stage Flight Model Tank
for the H-IIB Launch Vehicle

April 1, 2009 (JST)

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

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. were scheduled to perform the first captive firing test (CFT) on April 1, 2009 (Japan Standard Time) at the Tanegashima Space Center. However, we would like to announce the suspension of the test today as we found a leak in the connecting part of the fire-prevention facility pipes, and it is expected to take some time to repair the part.

We will announce a new test schedule as soon as it is determined.