Press Release


Launch of H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 23

December 26, 2013 (JST)

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

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to launch the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 23 (H-IIA F23) with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory onboard in the following schedule.
To capitalize on the excess launch capability of the H-IIA F23, we will also provide launch and orbit injection opportunities for seven small secondary payloads (piggyback payloads).

Scheduled date of Launch : February 28 (Friday), 2014 (Japan Standard Time)
Launch time : 3:07 a.m. thru 5:07 a.m. (Japan Standard Time)
Launch Window : March 1 (Saturday) through March 31 (Monday), 2014.
Launch site : Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center