Press Release


Epsilon Launch Vehicle Won
2013 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards
Nikkei Awards for Excellence

January 6, 2014 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Epsilon Launch Vehicle received the following prize at the 2013 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards (the 32nd event) sponsored by Nikkei Inc. The Epsilon was developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and its maiden flight (Epsilon-1) was successfully launched in September 2013.

Award name: 2013 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards Nikkei Awards for Excellence
Awarded prize for: the next-generation solid propellant launch vehicle Epsilon

We would like to accept this award as an incentive to work harder to improve the Epsilon and reduce its costs so that space research & development and its application can be expanded and space can become more well-known and closer to people's lives in the world.

[ Fig. 1 ] Companies involved in the Epsilon development and manufacturing

[ Nikkei Superior Products and Service Awards ]
Nikkei Inc. has been recognizing superior new products and services every year since 1982 when it was called the "Nikkei Outstanding Product of the Year Awards" The awards name was changed to the current name in 1987 (the 6th awards,) and this year marks the 32nd event. Nomination is not based on public application or participation, but Nikkei Inc. selects candidate products and services in their own method every September to November, then selects some 40 winning products and services through a judging committee at the end of the year.

Epsilon-1 launch (Image: JAXA/JOE NISHIZAWA)

Epsilon on the launch pad

For further information of the Epsilon Launch Vehicle: