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Business / Corporate Dec 7, 2018

Mitsubishi Heavy wins first private order for H-3 rocket

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. has won an order from major British satellite communications service operator Inmarsat for a new H-3 launch vehicle, the first such order from the private sector, according to the Japanese company. The value of the order was not disclosed. A commercial satellite ...

JAXA's orbital rocket listed by Guinness as world's smallest

National Apr 27, 2018

JAXA's orbital rocket listed by Guinness as world's smallest

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced Friday that its SS520-5 has been recognized as the smallest orbital rocket by Guinness World Records. The SS520-5, measuring 9.54 meters in height and 52 centimeters in diameter, is a three-stage solid rocket. It was launched in February this year ...

Japan launches H-IIA rocket carrying reconnaissance satellite

National Feb 27, 2018

Japan launches H-IIA rocket carrying reconnaissance satellite

An H-IIA rocket carrying a government intelligence-gathering satellite was launched Tuesday from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. The optical reconnaissance satellite will be used for purposes such as monitoring developments at North Korean missile launch facilities, increasing the number of the nation's reconnaissance ...

Launch of private rocket backed by Horie fails off Hokkaido

Business / Tech Jul 30, 2017

Launch of private rocket backed by Horie fails off Hokkaido

The launch of what would have been Japan's first privately developed rocket to reach outer space failed Sunday off Hokkaido after telemetry was lost, forcing it to be aborted, the Hokkaido-based developer said. Officials from Interstellar Technologies Inc., founded by former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi ...

Fog delays private space venture's rocket launch in Hokkaido

National Jul 29, 2017

Fog delays private space venture's rocket launch in Hokkaido

The launch of a small rocket privately developed by a Hokkaido-based space venture was delayed by fog Saturday and pushed back to Sunday, the company said. Interstellar Technologies Inc., founded by former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi Horie, plans to make its 10-meter sounding rocket, called ...