IGS-Optical 8

L +

54

Days

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06

Hours

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50

Mins

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48

Seconds

Launch Overview

Liftoff Time
January 11, 2024 - NET 04:00 GMT (04:00 UTC)
Window Open
04:00 GMT (04:00 UTC)
Window Close
06:00 GMT (06:00 UTC)

Complex Overview

Launch Facility
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
Launch Pad
Yoshinobu Launch Complex LP-1
Turnaround Time
4 months

Who is MHI?

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational engineering, electrical equipment and electronics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. MHI is one of the core companies of the Mitsubishi Group. MHI's products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, printing machines, ships and space launch vehicles. Through its defense-related activities, it is the world's 23rd-largest defense contractor measured by 2011 defense revenues and the largest based in Japan.

What Is H-IIA 202?

H-IIA (H2A) is an active expendable launch system operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The liquid-fueled H-IIA rockets have been used to launch satellites into geostationary orbit, to launch a lunar orbiting spacecraft, and to launch Akatsuki, which studied the planet Venus. Launches occur at the Tanegashima Space Center.

Engines

H-II SRB-A

LE-7A

The LE-7A designed for the H-II series of launch vehicles.

LE-5B

The LE-5 models were developed in Japan to meet the need for an upper stage propulsion system for the H-I and H-II series of launch vehicles.

Mission Overviw

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.

Mission Type
Government/Top Secret
Orbit
SSO

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