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Launch Alert (UPDATE!): Monday, October 9, 2017 at 18:00 EDT (22:00 UTC), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be launching the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA (H-2A) rocket; Launch Vehicle No. 36 (F36) flying in its 204 configuration (H-IIA 204). It will be carrying the Michibiki 4 navigation satellite from Launch Area-Y1 (Also known as Area-Y1 or LA-Y1) at the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), Japan.
Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC): Tanegashima Space Center is located on the island of Tanegashima; the easternmost island of the Osumi Islands of 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. 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, medium lift, expendable rocket that stands 53m (173.8 ft.) tall and comes in two configurations; the 202 and 204. 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 about 2.5 tons to Earth Escape Velocity.
Configuration Numbers Explained:
2 = number of stages (this number doesn’t change)
0 = number of liquid rocket boosters (LRB’s) (this number doesn’t change)
4 = number of solid fueled boosters (SRB’s) (this can be 2 or 4)
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.
2 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 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jaxachannel
Michibiki 4 (F36) Mission:
JAXA page for this mission: http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2017/08/20170829_h2af36.html
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries page for this launch: https://www.mhi.com/notice/notice_170829.html
General 2017 Launch List (Wiki): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_in_spaceflight
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA):
JAXA main site: http://global.jaxa.jp/
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/explore/jaxa
U Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/jaxa-live
Necovideo Visual Solutions (NVS):
NVS Twitter: https://twitter.com/nvslive?lang=en
NVS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nvslive/
JAXA H-IIA Rocket:
JAXA H-IIA Launch Vehicle: http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/rockets/h2a/
H-IIA launches (Wiki): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-IIA
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:
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