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Japan to launch another spy satellite in Feb. for global coverage
TOKYO, Dec. 22 KYODO

http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstStory/index.php?storyid=290074

"Japan will launch a radar satellite on Feb. 15 next year that will complete its four-satellite system for intelligence gathering with full global coverage, the government said Friday. If the launch from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture proves successful, the satellites will enable photographing any point on the Earth once per day, according to government officials."

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Any news about this launch??

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Still Feb. 15 afaik.

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Will there be a webcast of the launch ? And do we know what the launch window is ?

Seems the pictures available on Jaxa's website are shots from previous webcasts but I can't seem to find such a page at the moment.

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maskims - 13/2/2007  8:34 AM

Will there be a webcast of the launch ? And do we know what the launch window is ?

Seems the pictures available on Jaxa's website are shots from previous webcasts but I can't seem to find such a page at the moment.

Correcting my previous post...

Because of bad weathar the launch was delayed to Feb 16.

I think there will be no webcast for it's a military launch (I think that the same has happen to the previous IGS launches)

The latest information pointed to a launch window between 0300UTC and 0600UTC.

I've found this link related to the next H-2A launch:

http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200702120096.html

Aparentely there will be two sats on board?

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Thanks for the info.

According to wikipedia (slim but only source I found about the payload), H-IIA should launch IGS-Radar 3 as expected, and IGS-Optical 4 which could be the "experimental optical satellite" described in the asahi article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-IIA

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RIA Novosti agency informs, that the launch of H-2A rocket is planned at 04:11 UTC on February 16...

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The webcam that usually shows the Yoshinubo pad ( http://space.jaxa.jp/tnsc/webcam/index_e.shtml ) is showing a beach landscape. Don't know if the buldings we see are part of the Tanegashima Space Center?

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The H-2A on the Yoshinubo pad (photo by AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara). Photo at http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070215/481/xkk10102151658

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Satori - 15/2/2007  6:47 PM

The H-2A on the Yoshinubo pad (photo by AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara). Photo at http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070215/481/xkk10102151658

That is a surprise.  This was supposed to be an H-2A 202, with only two SRB-A boosters.  The photo shows a 2022 (I think) with two SRB-A boosters and two smaller SSB boosters.  Either the photo doesn't really show the F-12 vehicle, or the payload is substantially heavier than "advertised".

H-2A 202 can put 10 tonnes into 250 km x 30 deg.  The primary payload, which will go into a 500 km-ish x 97-ish deg orbit, has been reported to only weigh 1.2 tonnes.

 - Ed Kyle

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By the dates that are being posted in this blog ( http://blog.livedoor.jp/h2a_f8/ ), I assume that the images available there are from the F12 H-2A.

Images from http://blog.livedoor.jp/h2a_f8/


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Heavy clouds above Tanegashima at 0245UTC.

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anik - 14/2/2007  10:28 AM

RIA Novosti agency informs, that the launch of H-2A rocket is planned at 04:11 UTC on February 16...

So, at this time we are at T-1h. There is not much info about the launch preparations and the weather looks is getting bad at Tanegashima. Latest image available from http://blog.livedoor.jp/h2a_f8/ :

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Nearing launch time (0411UTC). Looks that the weather is getting better now at Tanegashima. Latest image available from http://blog.livedoor.jp/h2a_f8/ :

Some news about the launch at http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/399274 and at http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070216/wl_asia_afp/japannkoreaspacesatellite

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According to http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070216/wl_asia_afp/japannkoreaspacesatellite launch window is from 0441UTC to 0451UTC. The previous info from RIA Novosti stated that the launch was at 0411UTC.

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It looks that the launch was delayed 30 minuts at 0418UTC.

Latest image available from http://blog.livedoor.jp/h2a_f8/ :

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According to http://blog.livedoor.jp/h2a_f8/ the launch was postponed at 0423UTC! Waiting for more news about the postponement, but it's time to go to bed for me!

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edkyle99 - 15/2/2007  7:30 PM

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Satori - 15/2/2007  6:47 PM

The H-2A on the Yoshinubo pad (photo by AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara). Photo at http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070215/481/xkk10102151658

That is a surprise.  This was supposed to be an H-2A 202, with only two SRB-A boosters.  The photo shows a 2022 (I think) with two SRB-A boosters and two smaller SSB boosters.  Either the photo doesn't really show the F-12 vehicle, or the payload is substantially heavier than "advertised".

H-2A 202 can put 10 tonnes into 250 km x 30 deg.  The primary payload, which will go into a 500 km-ish x 97-ish deg orbit, has been reported to only weigh 1.2 tonnes.

 - Ed Kyle

Make that an H-2A 2024 with two SRB-A boosters and four smaller SSB boosters.

 - Ed Kyle

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The launch of the H-2A/2024 (F12) was postponed again due to bad weather ( http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070216/sc_afp/japannkoreaspacesatellite_070216060628 ). At this time there is no new launch date ( http://blog.livedoor.jp/h2a_f8/ ).

Other news about the postponement:

Xinhua - http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-02/16/content_5747371.htm
Reuters - http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUST14485820070216

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Trying to explain the reason for the postponement in here (japanese) http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2007/02/20070216_h2a-f12_j.html

Babel Fish translation of the JAXA press-release:

"Space aeronautics research and development mechanism 2 data gathering satellites from the Tanegashima space center (radar 2 the machine and optics 3 the machine actual proof satellite)/H-IIA rocket 12 the machine (H-IIA F12) had planned the launch on 2007 February 16th, but the cloud which includes the freezing layer above stipulation in firing range neighborhood (annex reference) was observed, launched and because there is no possibility of recovery to the time zone, postponed the launch. Furthermore, concerning new launch day as soon as to decide, we inform."

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