Latest Tanegashima Space Center Stories

Global Precipitation Measurement Dress Rehearsal
2014-02-24 11:29:34

By Ellen Gray, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center On the first floor of the Spacecraft Test and Assembly building at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, a skeleton crew of blue-shirted NASA engineers for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission fill three rows of computer stations. Sitting with them, on top of one of the desktop computers, is a squat, roundish doll. About the size of a grapefruit, it’s bright red with a stylized,...

Precipitation Satellite Delivered To Japan For 2014 Launch
2013-11-25 12:06:21

NASA An international satellite that will set a new standard for global precipitation measurements from space has completed a 7,300-mile journey from the United States to Japan, where it now will undergo launch preparations. A U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory landed at Kitakyushu Airport, about 600 miles southwest of Tokyo, at approximately 10:30 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 23. The spacecraft, the size of a small...

New Japanese Spy Satellite Successfully Launches
2011-12-12 14:41:13

Officials said that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a new spy satellite into orbit on Monday. The satellite launched aboard a Japanese H-2A rocket at 10:21 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan. JAXA said the radar satellite successfully separated from its rocket and was in orbit just 20 minutes after it was launched. The information-gathering satellite was built due to concerns over North Korea's missile program and also to help monitor...

2010-06-11 09:45:00

Japanese scientists are celebrating the successful deployment of their Ikaros solar sail. The 2,100-square foot membrane is attached to a small disc-shaped spacecraft that was put into orbit last month by an H-IIA rocket. Ikaros will demonstrate the principle of using sunlight as a simple and efficient means of propulsion. The technique has been long seen as a way to move spacecrafts around the Solar System without using chemical fuels. The mission team will be watching to see if Ikaros...

2010-05-21 11:30:00

Japan successfully launched its Venus probe and a kite-shaped "space yacht" early Friday for a two-year mission to study the planet Venus and its climate. The launch vehicle, the H-IIA rocket, took off from the Tanegashima space center in southern Japan on schedule at 6:58 am Friday morning, three days after its original launch was postponed due to inclement weather. Teruaki Kawai, space business manager for the rocket maker, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, told a press conference that the...

2010-03-12 14:12:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Safety Commission (TNSC) announced today that the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is blocking its effort to assist victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. The company is the official sponsor of the Florida Drivers Handbooks and has printed and distributed more than 10 million books during the past seven years, saving taxpayers and the State of Florida more than $5 million. TNSC's...

2009-11-29 08:08:09

Japan launched a next-generation spy satellite on Saturday as part of efforts to beef up its surveillance system against the threat of North Korea's missiles. An H-2A rocket carrying the nation's No. 3 Information Gathering Satellite was launched on Saturday morning from Tanegashima Space Centre on Tanegashima island, southwestern Japan, the officials said. Hisashi Michigami, an official at the Cabinet Office, says, "The satellite will gather intelligence for our defense and diplomatic...

2009-09-11 10:55:00

Japan successfully launched its first-ever cargo vehicle on Friday to the International Space Station. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV) from the Tanegashima Space Center via an H-2B rocket at 1:01 p.m. EDT Thursday (2:01 a.m. Japan Standard Time). JAXA reported that the launch vehicle flew smoothly and at about 15 minutes and 6 seconds after liftoff, the vehicle successfully separated from the rocket. The HTV is an unmanned cargo craft that is...

2009-01-14 07:30:00

On Tuesday, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan said it hopes to gain more orders for its H-2A rocket after sealing its first foreign customer deal with South Korea. The company seeks to compete with European Arianespace, and Sea Launch, a division of Boeing. Prior to the deal with Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), Mitsubishi Heavy had only secured business within Japanese borders. "With this order as a start, we hope to receive more satellite launch orders," said a Mitsubishi...

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