Jan 9, 2017

JAXA to launch small rocket Wednesday to put microsatellite into orbit

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to fire a small three-stage rocket Wednesday that will place a microsatellite in orbit in a test project aimed at promoting Japan’s space business with inexpensive satellite-launching technology. The 9.5-meter SS-520-4 rocket, only one-fifth the length of an ...

Upgraded Epsilon solid fuel rocket places satellite in orbit

Dec 20, 2016

Upgraded Epsilon solid fuel rocket places satellite in orbit

An upgraded solid fuel rocket was successfully launched Tuesday from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. The Epsilon rocket was launched at about 8 p.m. and the ERG satellite for studying Earth’s radiation belts was released at ...

JAXA-oriented home-stay program brightens future of Tanegashima town

Nov 14, 2016

JAXA-oriented home-stay program brightens future of Tanegashima town

An aerospace-focused home-stay program for elementary school students has revitalized the small town in Kagoshima Prefecture that hosts Japan’s space program, drawing children from across the nation to an area where depopulation has skewed demographics heavily toward the elderly. With a population of around ...

Onishi holds first press conference from ISS, vows to work hard

Jul 20, 2016

Onishi holds first press conference from ISS, vows to work hard

Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi expressed his eagerness to work hard at the International Space Station, at his first press conference from the ISS on Tuesday night. “The ISS is an interesting place full of many things that cannot be seen elsewhere,” said Onishi, 40, ...