Press Release


Campaign to Place Your Messages on Epsilon Launch Vehicle

April 10, 2013 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) in the 2013 summer launch season from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, with the spectrographic planet observation satellite (SPRINT-A) onboard.
JAXA would like to hold a message campaign to welcome your messages on your expectations, hopes, dreams or feelings toward our new launch vehicle, then post them on the vehicle as part of its design by processing them in strings of small letters. This is the first attempt in Japan to place messages on the launch vehicle design.
Through this campaign we hope that you can deepen your understanding of our next generation solid-fuel launch vehicle Epsilon and feel closer to it, so that we can “make people feel more familiar with space, gaining more understanding of and support for space programs.” This is one of the goals of the Epsilon project.
The following is how to participate in the message campaign.

  1. How to send a message
    We accept messages through the Internet.
    For more details, please refer to the following JAXA website for the campaign:

  2. Campaign period
    April 10 (Wed.), 2013 thru May 7 (Tue.), 2013

  3. Limit of letters/characters
    The number of letters is limited to 40 alphabetic letters including spaces between words or 20 Japanese characters.

The design of the Epsilon-1 with your messages will be released in mid May.