JAXA LAUNCH OF H-IIA ROCKET WITH ALOS2 SATELLITE
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Friday May 23, 2014 at 2305 EDT (0305 UTC & 1205 JST on the 24th); the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be launching the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA (H-2A) rocket; Launch Vehicle No. 24 flying in its 202 configuration (H-IIA 202). It will be carrying the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 “DAICHI-2” (ALOS-2), from Launch Area-Y1 (Also known as Area-Y1 or LA-Y1) at the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), Japan. There will be four secondary payloads as well; RISING-2, SOCRATES, UNIFORM-1 and SPROUT satellites.
There are 2 active launch pads at Tanegashima; Launch Pad-1 (LP-1) and Launch Pad-2 (LP-2). They are in an area known as the Yoshinobu Launch Complex and designated as Launch Area-Y, Area-Y or LA-Y. They differentiate between pads by placing a (1) or a (2) after the designation, for example if you see basic launch data above you will see the ALOS-2 will be launching from Pad-1. H-IIA rockets launch from Pad-1 while H-IIB rockets launch from Pad-2.
JAXA’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA (H2A) rocket is a two (2) stage expendable rocket and is the medium lift vehicle in the H-II Rocket Family along with the H-II and the H-IIB and it stands 53m (173.8 ft.) tall.
The H-IIA has a lift capacity of 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), 4 tons to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), 4 tons to Sun Synchronous Orbit and only about 2.5 tons to Earth Escape Velocity.
Payload Fairing (4S) = for the H-IIA rocket is 12m (39 ft.) in height and has a diameter of 4 m (13.1 ft.) and is jettisoned after liftoff once it reaches a safe altitude where turbulence from the air won’t be a problem.
Second Stage = is liquid fueled utilizing hydrogen & oxygen (LOX/LH2) to power its single LE-5B engine and it burns for 530 seconds. It is 9.2 m (30.2 ft.) tall and 4m (13.1 ft.) in diameter. The second stage can be re-ignited up to three times.
Strap-on Boosters (SRB-A’s) = are solid fuel boosters utilizing polybutadiene for propellant and they burn for about 100 seconds. They are 15.1 m (49.5 ft.) tall and 2.5 m (8.2 ft.) in diameter.
First Stage = is liquid fueled utilizing liquid oxygen & hydrogen (LOX/LH2) to propel a single LE-7A engine that burn for about 390 seconds. It is 37.2 m (122 ft.) tall and 4 m (13.1 ft.) in diameter.
WATCH LAUNCH LIVE:
U Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/jaxa-live
JAXA ALOS2 mission page: http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/alos2/index.html
JAXA H-IIA Launch Vehicle 24: http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2014/03/20140314_h2af24_e.html
JAXA H-IIA Rocket: http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/rockets/h2a/index.html
JAXA ALOS-2 “DAICHI-2” pdf pamphlet: http://global.jaxa.jp/activity/pr/brochure/files/sat29.pdf
Spaceflight101 ALOS2 (F24) mission page: http://www.spaceflight101.com/h-iia-f24-launch-updates—alos-2.html
Spaceflight 101 H-IIA Rocket page: http://www.spaceflight101.com/h-iia-launch-vehicle-information.html
JAXA Digital Image Archives: http://jda.jaxa.jp/en/
JAXA Digital Image Archives (Rockets): http://jda.jaxa.jp/category_p.php?lang=e&page=&category1=1&category2=&page_pics=50
Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), Japan: http://global.jaxa.jp/about/centers/tnsc/index.html
Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), Japan PDF: http://global.jaxa.jp/activity/pr/brochure/files/centers02_e.pdf?bcsi_scan_df193da5ba4c5bc6=0&bcsi_scan_filename=centers02_e.pdf