JAXA H-IIA Launch of IGS Optical 5 Spy Satellite


Image Credit & Copyright: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Thursday, March 26 at 01:00 UTC (21:00 EDT on the 25th), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be launching the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA (H-2A) rocket; Launch Vehicle No. 28 (F28) flying in its 202 configuration (H-IIA 202). It will be carrying the Information Gathering Satellite Optical-5 (IGS Optical-5) satellite, from Launch Area-Y1 (Also known as Area-Y1 or LA-Y1) at the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), Japan.

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.


JAXA: http://jaxa-cdn.bmcdn.jp/dai2-2014/player.html

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buOaBcB7J8I

U Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/jaxa-live


JAXA main site: http://global.jaxa.jp/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaxa_en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaxaJapanAerospaceExplorationAgency

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/explore/jaxa

JAXA H-IIA Rocket:

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 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

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