JAXA H-IIA Launch of IGS Optical 5 Spy Satellite



Image Credit & Copyright: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Thursday, March 26 at 01:00 UTC (21:00 EDT on the 25th), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be launching the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA (H-2A) rocket; Launch Vehicle No. 28 (F28) flying in its 202 configuration (H-IIA 202). It will be carrying the Information Gathering Satellite Optical-5 (IGS Optical-5) satellite, from Launch Area-Y1 (Also known as Area-Y1 or LA-Y1) at the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), Japan.

There are 2 active launch pads at Tanegashima; Launch Pad-1 (LP-1) and Launch Pad-2 (LP-2). They are in an area known as the Yoshinobu Launch Complex and designated as Launch Area-Y, Area-Y or LA-Y. They differentiate between pads by placing a (1) or a (2) after the designation, for example if you see basic launch data above you will see the ALOS-2 will be launching from Pad-1. H-IIA rockets launch from Pad-1 while…

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