LAUNCH CENTER

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Sat Aug 19 2017
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Michibiki 3 (QZS-3)

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

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(5:29 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

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(5:29 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

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(1:16 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

Rocket Details

Name:

H-IIA 204

Description:

The H-IIA rocket family is an expendable launch system operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The liquid fuelled rocket has been used to launch satellites, lunar spacecraft and planetary science craft.

H-IIA 204 rocket
MISSION OVERVIEW
  • Type: Navigation
  • The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is a three-satellite regional time transfer system and the satellite-based augmentation system for the GPS that would be receivable within Japan. The primary purpose of QZSS is to increase the availability of GPS in Japan's numerous urban canyons, where only satellites at very high elevation can be seen. A secondary function is performance enhancement, increasing the accuracy and reliability of GPS derived navigation solutions. A single satellite weighs about 4000 kg, has an expected lifetime of 15 years and is put in a elliptical, highly inclined geosynchronous orbit.
COMPLEX OVERVIEW

Location

Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

Pad

Yoshinobu Launch Complex LP-1