Space-based power stations on the horizon

May 27, 2014

Space-based power stations on the horizon

by Mizuho Aoki

Space-based solar power could eventually prove to be an alternative source of electricity for Japan, as the country struggles to find the best energy mix to lessen its dependence on thermal and nuclear power. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been conducting studies ...

Global rainfall satellite launched

Feb 28, 2014

Global rainfall satellite launched

Japan successfully launched its latest rocket Friday, carrying a high-tech satellite to monitor global rainfall and help meteorologists forecast big storms, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The H-IIA rocket blasted off from the island of Tanegashima, Kagoshima Preecture, at 3:37 am as ...

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

Jan 20, 2014

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday revealed the details of a global precipitation observatory that will be put into orbit next month. The Global Precipitation Measurement core observatory was jointly developed by JAXA and NASA. Unlike conventional satellites, the 4-ton, 6.5-meter-high facility ...

Dec 27, 2013

Rain gauge satellite slated for launch from Tanegashima in February

An H-IIA rocket will be launched from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Feb. 28 carrying a satellite to gauge rainfall, according to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The rocket is slated for liftoff within a two-hour ...

JAXA plans to test new large rocket from 2020

Dec 25, 2013

JAXA plans to test new large rocket from 2020

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to launch a new large-scale test rocket in fiscal 2020 and another the following year. The rocket, provisionally dubbed H-III, is a successor to JAXA’s H-IIA launch vehicle. According to JAXA’s plan, reported to a science ministry panel ...

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

Oct 18, 2013

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

Astronaut Koichi Wakata is set to ride a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station, where he will do a six-month stint as its first Japanese skipper, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday. Wakata, 50, and two colleagues, from Russia and the ...

Sep 23, 2013

Launch of the Epsilon rocket

JAXA's successful Sept. 14 launch of the Epsilon, Japan's first new rocket in 12 years, represents the culmination of Japan's solid-fuel rocket technology.

New Epsilon rocket chalks up first launch

Sep 14, 2013

New Epsilon rocket chalks up first launch

The nation’s newest solid-fuel rocket lifted off Saturday and put a space telescope into orbit as planned, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. The Epsilon, Japan’s first new rocket in 12 years, blasted off from Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture at 2 p.m. ...

Aug 28, 2013

Programming error suspected behind scrubbed rocket launch

Experts suspect a computer programming error and lax preliminary checks were among the reasons Japan’s newest rocket didn’t get off the ground Tuesday. The computer controlling the launch of the three-stage Epsilon rocket at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture detected an abnormality ...