Engineering:List of Yoshinobu Launch Complex launches

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The following list provides details for launches at the Yoshinobu Launch Complex since 2005. Part of the Tanegashima Space Center, the facility hosts JAXA's major test firings and launches. Other launch facilities in the Space Center were previously used, with small rockets under development launched from the Takesaki Range. Additionally, the Osaki Launch Complex, where larger rockets were initially launched, was retired in 1992.[1] This list is sourced from the JAXA website.[2]

Launches[2]

Date/Time Configuration Serial number Launch pad Outcome
UTC Local (JST) Payload Separation orbit Operator Function
Remarks

2020

9 February 2020 H-IIA F41
IGS (Information Gathering Satellites)

2019

25 September 2019 H-IIB F8
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI"8 (HTV8)

2018

29 October 2018 H-IIA F40
Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite-2 "IBUKI-2" (GOSAT-2)
23 September 2018 H-IIB F7
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI"7 (HTV7)

2017

23 December 2017 H-IIA F37
Global Change Observation Mission - Climate "SHIKISAI" (GCOM-C)

2016

9 December 2016 H-IIB F6
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI"6 (HTV6)
17 February 2016 H-IIA F30
X-ray Astronomy Satellite "Hitomi" (ASTRO-H)

2015

24 November 2015 H-IIA F29
H-IIA UPGRADE / Telstar 12 VANTAGE
19 August 2015 H-IIB F5
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI"5 (HTV5)

2014

3 December 2014 H-IIA F26
Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2"
24 May 2014 H-IIA F24
Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2)
28 February 2014 H-IIA F23
Global Precipitation Measurement / Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (GPM/DPR)

2013

4 August 2013 H-IIB F4
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI"4 (HTV4)

2012

21 July 2012 H-IIB F3
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI"3 (HTV3)
18 May 2012 H-IIA F21
Global Change Observation Mission - Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W)

2011

22 January 2011 H-IIB F2
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI"2 (HTV2)

2010

11 September 2010 H-IIA F18
Quasi-Zenith Satellite-1 "MICHIBIKI"
21 May 2010 H-IIA F17
Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI" (PLANET-C)

2009

11 September 2009 H-IIB TF1
H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI" (HTV Demonstration Flight)
23 January 2009 H-IIA F15
Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT)

2008

23 February 2008 H-IIA F14
Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite "KIZUNA" (WINDS)

2007

14 September 2007 H-IIA F13
SELenological and ENgineering Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE)

2006

18 December 2006 H-IIA F11
Engineering Test Satellite VIII "KIKU No.8" (ETS-VIII)
18 February 2006 H-IIA F9
Multi-functional Transport Satellite-2 "Himawari-7" (MTSAT-2)
24 January 2006
10:33[3]
H-IIA F8 2006-002A Successful
Advanced Land Observation Satellite "DAICHI" (ALOS) Earth Observation and Remote sensing

2005

26 February 2005 H-IIA F7
Multi-Functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement "Himawari-6" (MTSAT-1R)

References

  1. Howell, Elizabeth (30 September 2016). "Tanegashima: Japan's Largest Space Center" (in en). https://www.space.com/34270-tanegashima-space-center.html. "The Tanegashima Space Center is Japan's biggest rocket-launching facility. It is located on an island in Kagoshima, the southernmost prefecture (or district) of the country. [...]Tanegashima was selected for several reasons. Its latitude of 31 degrees made it close to the equator, which makes it easier to launch missions because of the Earth's rotation. It was relatively remote, would cause "minimum interference" for Japan's fishing industry, and also had access to land, communications, water, electricity and public transportation. "It was extremely difficult to find a place that fulfilled all the above-mentioned criteria, especially since some of the criteria contradicted each other," JAXA wrote. "During the search and review of the candidate sites, the current site on Tanegashima Island was found to be the most ideal."" 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "JAXA | Launch Records" (in en). https://global.jaxa.jp/projects/result.html. 
  3. "JAXA | Advanced Land Observing Satellite "DAICHI" (ALOS)" (in en). https://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/alos/.