Press Release


Launch of the First Quasi-Zenith Satellite 'MICHIBIKI'
by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 18

June 9, 2010 (JST)

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

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to announce that the launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 18 (H-IIA F18) with the first Quasi-Zenith Satellite "MICHIBIKI" onboard was reported to the Space Activities Commission (SAC) as follows.

Scheduled date of Launch : August 2 (Monday,) 2010 (Japan Standard Time)
Launch time : 10:54 p.m. thru 11:54 p.m. (Japan Standard Time)
Launch Windows : August 3 (Tuesday) through September 30 (Thursday), 2010
*Launch time will be set for each launch day if the launch is delayed.
Launch site : Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center