Category: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3-22 | H3 Test Flight 2

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3-22 | H3 Test Flight 2

    New test flight of the H3 ordered following the failure of the inaugural launch of H3 in March 2023 with ALOS-3. A dummy main payload will be carried instead of the ALOS-4 Earth observation satellite as originally planned. 2 hitchhiking secondary payloads have been selected in June 2023: * CE-SAT-1E – 50 kilograms…

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H-IIA 202 | IGS Optical 8

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H-IIA 202 | IGS Optical 8

    The IGS Optical 8 (Intelligence Gathering Satellite) is a Japanese optical reconnaissance satellite. The satellite is operated by the Cabinet Satellite Information Center. The satellite serves both Japan’s national defense and civil natural disaster monitoring.

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3-30 | Advanced Land Observing Satellite-4 (ALOS-4)

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3-30 | Advanced Land Observing Satellite-4 (ALOS-4)

    The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-4 (ALOS-4) is a Japanese satellite designed to observe the Earth’s surface using a phased array type L-band synthetic aperture radar (PALSAR-3).

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3 | DSN 3 (Kirameki 3)

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3 | DSN 3 (Kirameki 3)

    DSN 3, also known as Kirameki 3, is a geostationary communications satellite to be used for military communications by the Japanese military.

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3 | Michibiki 5 (QZS-5)

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3 | Michibiki 5 (QZS-5)

    QZSS (Quasi Zenith Satellite System) is a Japanese satellite navigation system operating from inclined, elliptical geosynchronous orbits to achieve optimal high-elevation visibility in urban canyons and mountainous areas. The navigation system objective is to broadcast GPS-interoperable and augmentation signals as well as original Japanese (QZSS) signals from a three-spacecraft constellation. The navigation system objective…

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3-24 | HTV-X1

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H3-24 | HTV-X1

    First flight of the upgraded Japanese HTV-X spacecraft designed to resupply the International Space Station.