Engineering:List of H-II series and H3 launches

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This is a list of launches made by JAXA using H-II, H-IIA, H-IIB and H3 rockets.

Launch statistics

Rocket configurations

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Launch sites

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Launch outcomes

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Launch history

1994-1999

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
TF1
(Test Flight 1)
3 February 1994
22:20
H-II Tanegashima, LA-Y1 OREX (Orbital Re-entry Experiment) / VEP (Vehicle Evaluation Payload) LEO / GTO Success
Ryūsei and Myōjō
TF2
(Test Flight 2)
28 August 1994
07:50
H-II Tanegashima, LA-Y1 ETS-VI (Engineering Test Satellite-VI) GEO Success
Kiku 6
TF3
(Test Flight 3)
18 March 1995
08:01
H-II Tanegashima, LA-Y1 Geostationary Meteorological Satellite-5 (GMS-5) / Space Flyer Unit (SFU) GEO / LEO Success
Himawari 5
F4 17 August 1996
01:53
H-II Tanegashima, LA-Y1 ADEOS I (Advanced Earth Observing Satellite) / Fuji-OSCAR 29, JAS-2 LEO Success
Midori and Fuji 3
F6 27 November 1997
21:27
H-II Tanegashima, LA-Y1 TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) / ETS-VII (Engineering Test Satellite-VII) LEO Success
Orihime and Kiku 7 (Hikoboshi)
F5 21 February 1998
07:55
H-II Tanegashima, LA-Y1 COMETS (Communications and Broadcasting Engineering Test Satellites) GEO Partial failure
Kakehashi, Faulty brazing in second-stage engine cooling system caused engine burn through and cable damage resulting in shutdown midway through the upper stage's second burn, leaving spacecraft in elliptical LEO instead of GTO. Spacecraft thrusters raised orbit enough to complete some communications experiments.
F8 15 November 1999
07:29
H-II Tanegashima, LA-Y1 MTSAT (Multi-functional Transport Satellite) GEO Failure
Cavitation in the first stage hydrogen turbopump impeller caused an impeller blade to fracture, resulting in loss of fuel and rapid shutdown of the engine at T+239 seconds. The vehicle impacted the ocean 380 km at the northwest of Chichijima.

2001

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
TF1
(Test Flight 1)
29 August 2001
07:00:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 VEP 2 (Vehicle Evaluation Payload 2) / LRE Success

2002

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
TF2
(Test Flight 2)
4 February 2002
02:45:00
H-IIA 2024 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 VEP 3 (Vehicle Evaluation Payload 3) / Mission Demonstration Satellite 1 (MDS-1) (Tsubasa) / DASH Success
F3 10 September 2002
08:20:00
H-IIA 2024 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 USERS / DRTS (Kodama) Success
F4 14 December 2002
01:31:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 ADEOS II (Midori 2) / WEOS (Kanta-kun) / FedSat 1 / Micro LabSat 1 Success

2003

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F5 28 March 2003
01:27:00
H-IIA 2024 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Optical 1 / IGS-Radar 1 Success
F6 29 November 2003
04:33:00
H-IIA 2024 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Optical (2nd) / IGS-Radar (2nd) Failure
A hot gas leak from one SRB-A motor destroyed its separation system. The strap-on did not separate as planned, and the weight of the spent motor prevented the vehicle from achieving its planned height.[1]

2005

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F7 26 February 2005
09:25:00
H-IIA 2022 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 MTSAT-1R (Himawari 6) Success

2006

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F8 24 January 2006
01:33:00
H-IIA 2022 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 ALOS (Daichi) Success
F9 18 February 2006
06:27:00
H-IIA 2024 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 MTSAT-2 (Himawari 7) Success
F10 11 September 2006
04:35:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Optical 2 Success
F11 18 December 2006
06:32:00
H-IIA 204 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 ETS-VIII (Kiku 8) [2] GTO Success

2007

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F12 24 February 2007
04:41:00
H-IIA 2024 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Radar 2 / IGS-Optical 3V Success
F13 14 September 2007
01:31:01
H-IIA 2022 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 SELENE (Kaguya) Success

2008

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F14 23 February 2008
08:55:00
H-IIA 2024 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 WINDS (Kizuna) Success

2009

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F15 23 January 2009
03:54:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 GOSAT (Ibuki) / SDS-1 / STARS (Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite) (Kūkai) / KKS-1 (Kiseki) / PRISM (Hitomi) / Sohla-1 (Maido 1) / SORUNSAT-1 (Kagayaki) / SPRITE-SAT (Raijin) Success [3]
F1 10 September 2009
17:01:46
H-IIB Tanegashima, LA-Y2 HTV-1 Success
First flight of H-IIB
F16 28 November 2009
01:21:00 [4]
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Optical 3 Success

2010

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F17 20 May 2010
21:58:22 [5][6][7]
H-IIA 202 [8] LA-Y1, Tanegashima PLANET-C (Akatsuki) / IKAROS / UNITEC-1 (Shin'en) / Waseda-SAT2 / K-Sat (Hayato) / Negai☆″ Success
F18 11 September 2010
11:17:00 [9]
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 QZS-1 (Michibiki) Success

2011

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F2 22 January 2011
05:37:57
H-IIB Tanegashima, LA-Y2 Kounotori 2 (HTV-2) Success
F19 23 September 2011
04:36:50 [10]
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Optical 4 Success
F20 12 December 2011
01:21:00 [11]
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Radar 3 Success

2012

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F21 17 May 2012
16:39:00
H-IIA 202 [12] Tanegashima, LA-Y1 GCOM-W1 (Shizuku) / KOMPSAT-3 (Arirang 3) / SDS-4 / HORYU-2 Success
F3 21 July 2012
02:06:18
H-IIB Tanegashima, LA-Y2 Kounotori 3 (HTV-3) / Raiko / We Wish / Niwaka / TechEdSat / F-1 Success
CubeSats carried aboard Kounotori 3, deployed on 4 October 2012 from the ISS.

2013

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F22 27 January 2013
04:40:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Radar 4 / IGS-Optical 5V Success
F4 3 August 2013
19:48:46
H-IIB Tanegashima, LA-Y2 Kounotori 4 (HTV-4) / PicoDragon / ArduSat-1 / ArduSat-X / TechEdSat-3 Success
CubeSats carried aboard Kounotori 4 for deployment from the ISS.

2014

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F23 27 February 2014
18:37:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 GPM-Core / SindaiSat (Ginrei) / STARS-II (Gennai) / TeikyoSat-3 / ITF-1 (Yui) / OPUSAT (CosMoz) / INVADER / KSAT2 Success
F24 24 May 2014
03:05:14
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 ALOS-2 (Daichi 2) / Raijin-2 (Rising-2) / UNIFORM-1 / SOCRATES / SPROUT Success
F25 7 October 2014
05:16:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 Himawari 8 Success
F26 3 December 2014
04:22:04
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 Hayabusa 2 / Shin'en 2 / ARTSAT2-DESPATCH / PROCYON Success

2015

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F27 1 February 2015
01:21:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Radar Spare Success
F28 26 March 2015
01:21:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Optical 5 Success
F5 19 August 2015
11:50:49
H-IIB Tanegashima, LA-Y2 Kounotori 5 (HTV-5) / SERPENS / S-CUBE / Flock-2b x 14 / GOMX-3 / AAUSAT5 Success
CubeSats carried aboard Kounotori 5 for deployment from the ISS.
F29 24 November 2015
06:50:00
H-IIA 204 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 Telstar 12 Vantage [2] GTO Success

2016

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F30 17 February 2016
08:45:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 ASTRO-H (Hitomi) / ChubuSat-2 (Kinshachi 2) / ChubuSat-3 (Kinshachi 3) / Horyu-4 Success
The Hitomi telescope broke apart 37 days after launch.[13]
F31 2 November 2016
06:20:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 Himawari 9 Success
F6 9 December 2016
13:26:47
H-IIB Tanegashima, LA-Y2 Kounotori 6 (HTV-6) / AOBA-Velox III / TuPOD / EGG / ITF-2 / STARS-C / FREEDOM / WASEDA-SAT3 Success
CubeSats carried aboard Kounotori 6 for deployment from the ISS.

2017

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F32 24 January 2017
07:44:00
H-IIA 204 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 DSN-2 (Kirameki 2) [2] GTO Success
F33 17 March 2017
01:20:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Radar 5 Success
F34 1 June 2017
00:17:46
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 QZS-2 (Michibiki 2) Success
F35 19 August 2017
05:29:00
H-IIA 204 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 QZS-3 (Michibiki 3) [2] GTO Success
F36 9 October 2017
22:01:37
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 QZS-4 (Michibiki 4) Success
F37 23 December 2017
01:26:22
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 GCOM-C (Shikisai) / SLATS (Tsubame) Success

2018

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F38 27 February 2018
04:34:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Optical 6 Success
F39 12 June 2018
04:20:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Radar 6 Success
F7 22 September 2018
17:52:27
H-IIB Tanegashima, LA-Y2 Kounotori 7 (HTV-7) / SPATIUM-I / RSP-00 / STARS-Me Success
CubeSats carried aboard Kounotori 7 for deployment from the ISS.
F40 29 October 2018
04:08:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 GOSAT-2 (Ibuki-2) / KhalifaSat / Ten-Koh / Diwata-2B / Stars-AO (Aoi) / AUTcube2 (GamaCube) Success

2019

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F8 24 September 2019
16:05:05
H-IIB Tanegashima, LA-Y2 Kounotori 8 (HTV-8) / NARSSCube-1 / AQT-D / RWASAT-1 Success
CubeSats carried aboard of Kounotori 8 for deployment from the ISS.

2020

Flight No. Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Payload mass Orbit Users Launch
outcome
F41 9 February 2020
01:34:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Optical 7 Success
F9 20 May 2020
17:31:00
H-IIB Tanegashima, LA-Y2 Kounotori 9 (HTV-9) Success
Kounotori 9 launch to the ISS. The last launch of both the launch vehicle and vehicle, awaiting new fleet of HTV-X and H3.
F42 19 July 2020
21:58:14
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 Emirates Mars Mission 1350 kg Heliocentric Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Success
Emirates Mars Mission launched to planet Mars.
F43 29 November 2020
07:25:00
H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 JDRS/LUCAS GTO Success

Planned launches

Date / time (UTC) Rocket,
Configuration
Launch site / Pad Payload Orbit Customer
2021 H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 QZS-1R Tundra JAXA
Replacement for QZS-1.
2021 H-IIA 204 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 Inmarsat-6 F1 GEO Inmarsat
Final flight of H-IIA 204.
Q1 2022 H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 XRISM / SLIM LEO / Selenocentric JAXA / NASA
2022[14] H3-22S Tanegashima, LA-Y2 ALOS-3 SSO JAXA
First flight of H3.
2022 H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Radar 7 SSO CIRO
2022 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 ALOS-4 SSO JAXA
2022 H3-24L Tanegashima, LA-Y2 HTV-X1 LEO (ISS) JAXA
First HTV-X resupply mission.
2022 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 DSN-3 SSO DSN / JDSF
2022 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 ETS-IX / Kiku-9 GEO JAXA / NICT
2022 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 Inmarsat TBA GEO Inmarsat
First commercial customer to launch on H3.[15]
2023 H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 GOSAT-GW SSO JAXA
2023 H3-24L Tanegashima, LA-Y2 HTV-X2 LEO (ISS) JAXA
2023 H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Optical 8 SSO CIRO
2023 H-IIA 202 Tanegashima, LA-Y1 IGS-Radar 8 SSO CIRO
Final flight of H-IIA 202, and H-II family as a whole.
2023 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 QZS-5 Tundra JAXA
2023 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 QZS-6 Tundra JAXA
September 2024 H3-24L Tanegashima, LA-Y2 MMX Areocentric JAXA
2024[16] H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 QZS-7 Tundra JAXA
2024 H3-24L Tanegashima, LA-Y2 HTV-X3 LEO (ISS) JAXA
2025 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 IGS-Optical Diversification 1 SSO CIRO
First of a new generation of IGS-Optical satellites.
2025 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 IGS-Optical 9 SSO CIRO
2026 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 IGS-Optical Diversification 2 SSO CIRO
2027 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 JDRS-2 GEO CIRO / JAXA
2027 H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 IGS-Radar Diversification 1 SSO CIRO
First of a new generation of IGS-Radar satellites.
2028[17] H3 Tanegashima, LA-Y2 LiteBIRD Sun–Earth L2 JAXA

Sources: Gunter's Space Page[18][19] and Cabinet Office of Japan[20]

References

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