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H-IIA 202


Japanese orbital launch vehicle. Three stage version of H-IIA consisting of 2 x H-II SRB-A + two-stage core vehicle.

LEO Payload: 10,000 kg (22,000 lb). Payload: 4,100 kg (9,000 lb) to a GTO.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 285,000 kg (628,000 lb).
Payload: 10,000 kg (22,000 lb).
Height: 53.00 m (173.00 ft).
Diameter: 4.00 m (13.10 ft).
Thrust: 5,600.00 kN (1,258,900 lbf).
Apogee: 40,000 km (24,000 mi).
First Launch: 2001.08.29.
Last Launch: 2011.09.23.
Number: 8 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • VEP Japanese technology satellite. 2 launches, 1994.02.03 (VEP) and 2001.08.29 (VEP-2). Monitored H-2 launch vehicle performance. National name MYOJO. More...
  • ADEOS Japanese earth atmosphere satellite. 2 launches, 1996.08.17 (ADEOS) and 2002.12.14 (Adeos 2). The polar orbiting ADEOS spacecraft was to perform Earth, atmospheric, and oceanographic remote sensing. More...
  • LRE Japanese earth geodetic satellite. One launch, 2001.08.29. The 87 kg Laser Ranging Experiment was a passive mirror ball of diameter 51 cm and carried 24 glass sheets and 126 prisms on its surface. More...
  • WEOS Kanta-Kun Japanese earth land resources satellite. One launch, 2002.12.14. Ecology satellite. More...
  • FedSat Australian communications satellite. One launch, 2002.12.14. FedSat contained high-tech communication, space science, navigation and computing equipment and was intended to help bring broadband Internet services to remote parts of Australia. More...
  • Mu-Labsat Japanese technology satellite. One launch, 2002.12.14. Technology satellite, which released two tiny subsatellites in an experiment to test an onboard tracking imager for inspector satellites. More...
  • IGS Japanese military surveillance satellite. Operational, first launched 2003.03.28. Launched in optical and radar versions. More...
  • Kagayaki Japanese technology satellite. One launch, 2009.01.23. Technology satellite built by Sorun Corporation, Tokyo, with several technology payloads. More...
  • SpriteSat Japanese science. One launch, 2009.01.23. Microsatellite stabilized by a gravity gradient boom to study atmospheric sprites, built by by Tohoku University, Sendai. More...
  • SOHLA Japanese military surveillance radar satellite. One launch, 2009.01.23. Satellite built by the Space Oriented Higashi-osaka Leading Association, Osaka, carrying a cloud cover imager. More...
  • PRISM Japanese military surveillance radar satellite. One launch, 2009.01.23. Remote sensing picosatellite built by the University of Tokyo, with a 10-cm aperture Earth imager on a 1-meter deployable boom. More...
  • KKS Japanese military surveillance radar satellite. One launch, 2009.01.23. Picosatellite built by Kouku-kosen, the Tokyo Metropolitan College of Aeronautical Engineering, carrying an Earth imager. More...
  • JAXA SDS Japanese technology satellite. One launch, 2009.01.23, SDS-1. JAXA Small Demonstration Satellite, a microsatellite with a camera, GPS receiver and sun sensor. More...
  • Ibuki Japanese earth atmosphere satellite. One launch, 2009.01.23. Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite, renamed Ibuki after launch. More...
  • Kukai Japanese tether technology satellite. One launch, 2009.01.23. Also named STARS, a Kagawa University picosatellite demonstrating a tethered space robot. It consisted of two tethered box-shaped packages, dubbed Ku and Kai. More...

See also
  • H-2 Heavy lift Japanese indigenous launch vehicle. The original H-2 version was cancelled due to high costs and poor reliability and replaced by the substantially redesigned H-2A.

    3 stage vehicle consisted of 2 x H-II SRB + 1 x H-II stage 1 + 1 x H-II stage 2 More...


Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Mitsubishi Japanese manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Japan. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Tanegashima Japan's main launch site for he larger N and H launch vehicles. In use for sounding rockets from 1967 and orbital launches from 1975. As of 2007 over 140 major launches had been made from the site. More...

Associated Stages
  • H-2A SRB-A Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 76,400/10,400 kg. Thrust 2,250.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 280 seconds. More...
  • H-2A-1 Lox/LH2 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 113,600/13,600 kg. Thrust 1,098.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 440 seconds. Lower cost version of H-2 first stage. Can be throttled to 72% thrust. More...
  • LE-5B Lox/LH2 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 19,600/3,000 kg. Thrust 137.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 447 seconds. Lower cost version of H-2 second stage. More...

H-IIA 202 Chronology


2001 August 29 - . 07:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima Y. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202. LV Configuration: H-IIA 202 H-IIA-1F.
  • LRE - . Mass: 3,500 kg (7,700 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: NASDA. Class: Earth. Type: Geodetic satellite. Spacecraft: LRE. USAF Sat Cat: 26898 . COSPAR: 2001-038A. Apogee: 36,214 km (22,502 mi). Perigee: 271 km (168 mi). Inclination: 28.0000 deg. Launch postponed from february, July 22 and August 25. First launch of the H-2A launch vehicle. A failure after all of the problems with the earlier H-2 version would probably have resulted in cancellation of the program. The Laser Ranging Experiment satellite carried 126 laser retro reflectors and separated from the second stage at 0739 GMT into its operational 'Molniya' type orbit. The eventual goal of H-2A was to launch geosynchronous spacecraft at costs comparable to those of other countries. The LRE remained in a simulated geosynchronous transfer orbit; laser reflections from it would be used to precisely ascertain the orbital injection accuracy of the H-2A.
  • VEP-2 - . Mass: 3,500 kg (7,700 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: NASDA. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: VEP. USAF Sat Cat: 26899 . COSPAR: 2001-038B. Apogee: 35,979 km (22,356 mi). Perigee: 291 km (180 mi). Inclination: 28.6000 deg. Period: 636.60 min. Summary: Vehicle Evaluation Payload-2 consisted of ballast and monitoring instrumentation that remained attached to the launch vehicle's second stage. It included a Doppler ranging experiment for orbit determination..

2002 December 14 - . 23:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima Y. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202. LV Configuration: H-IIA 202 H-IIA-4F.
  • Adeos 2 - . Payload: Midori 2. Mass: 3,730 kg (8,220 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: NASDA. Manufacturer: Mitsubishi. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: Adeos. USAF Sat Cat: 27597 . COSPAR: 2002-056A. Apogee: 806 km (500 mi). Perigee: 804 km (499 mi). Inclination: 98.7000 deg. Period: 101.00 min. Summary: Environment Monitoring, Aeronomy..
  • WEOS Kanta-Kun - . Mass: 50 kg (110 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: NASDA. Manufacturer: Chiba. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: WEOS Kanta-Kun. USAF Sat Cat: 27600 . COSPAR: 2002-056D. Apogee: 804 km (499 mi). Perigee: 789 km (490 mi). Inclination: 98.7000 deg. Period: 100.80 min. Summary: Ecology..
  • FedSat - . Mass: 58 kg (127 lb). Nation: Australia. Agency: CSS. Manufacturer: CRCSS. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FedSat. USAF Sat Cat: 27599 . COSPAR: 2002-056C. Apogee: 805 km (500 mi). Perigee: 791 km (491 mi). Inclination: 98.7000 deg. Period: 100.80 min. FedSat contained high-tech communication, space science, navigation and computing equipment and was intended to help bring broadband Internet services to remote parts of Australia. Data from its three-year mission was to be shared between Japan and Australia.
  • Mu-Labsat - . Mass: 65 kg (143 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: NASDA. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: Mu-Labsat. USAF Sat Cat: 27598 . COSPAR: 2002-056B. Apogee: 806 km (500 mi). Perigee: 793 km (492 mi). Inclination: 98.7000 deg. Period: 100.90 min. Technology. In 2003 the satellite released two tiny subsatellites in an experiment to test an onboard tracking imager for inspector satellites. The RITE (Remote Inspection Technology Experiment) targets are disks about 0.1m in diameter. They were released from Micro-LabSat on 2003 Mar 14 at 0140 UTC and 2003 May 14 at 0150 UTC

2006 September 11 - . 04:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima Y. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202. LV Configuration: H-IIA 202 H-IIA-10.
  • IGS-3A - . Mass: 850 kg (1,870 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: JIDF. Manufacturer: Melco. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: IGS. USAF Sat Cat: 29393 . COSPAR: 2006-037A. Apogee: 491 km (305 mi). Perigee: 484 km (300 mi). Inclination: 97.3000 deg. Summary: Information Gathering Satellite / Optical-2 military surveillance satellite, launched to replace IGS O-1 launched in 2003, which demonstrated technical problems. The first replacement, IGS-O-2, was lost in a launch failure in 2003..

2009 January 23 - . 03:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • Ibuki - . Mass: 1,750 kg (3,850 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Manufacturer: Mitsubishi. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: Ibuki. USAF Sat Cat: 33492 . COSPAR: 2009-002A. Apogee: 672 km (417 mi). Perigee: 669 km (415 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.20 min. Summary: Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite, renamed Ibuki after launch. The satellite carried a TANSO-FTS IR spectrometer and TANSO-CAI cloud and aerosol imager..
  • PRISM - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: PRISM. USAF Sat Cat: 33493 . COSPAR: 2009-002B. Apogee: 641 km (398 mi). Perigee: 614 km (381 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 97.30 min. Summary: Remote sensing picosatellite built by the University of Tokyo, with a 10-cm aperture Earth imager on a 1-meter deployable boom..
  • SDS-1 - . Mass: 100 kg (220 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: JAXA SDS. USAF Sat Cat: 33494 . COSPAR: 2009-002C. Apogee: 668 km (415 mi). Perigee: 663 km (411 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.00 min. Summary: JAXA Small Demonstration Satellite, a microsatellite with a camera, GPS receiver and sun sensor..
  • SOHLA-1 - . Mass: 50 kg (110 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: SOHLA. USAF Sat Cat: 33495 . COSPAR: 2009-002D. Apogee: 667 km (414 mi). Perigee: 654 km (406 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.00 min. Summary: Satellite built by the Space Oriented Higashi-osaka Leading Association, Osaka, carrying a cloud cover imager..
  • SpriteSat - . Mass: 50 kg (110 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: SpriteSat. USAF Sat Cat: 33496 . COSPAR: 2009-002E. Apogee: 668 km (415 mi). Perigee: 658 km (408 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.00 min. Summary: Microsatellite stabilized by a gravity gradient boom to study atmospheric sprites, built by by Tohoku University, Sendai..
  • Kagayaki - . Mass: 28 kg (61 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: Kagayaki. USAF Sat Cat: 33497 . COSPAR: 2009-002F. Apogee: 670 km (410 mi). Perigee: 668 km (415 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.10 min. Summary: Technology satellite built by Sorun Corporation, Tokyo, with several technology payloads..
  • Kukai - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: Kukai. USAF Sat Cat: 33498 . COSPAR: 2009-002G. Apogee: 667 km (414 mi). Perigee: 647 km (402 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 97.90 min. Summary: Also named STARS, a Kagawa University picosatellite demonstrating a tethered space robot. It consisted of two tethered box-shaped packages, dubbed Ku and Kai..
  • KKS 1 - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: KKS. USAF Sat Cat: 33499 . COSPAR: 2009-002H. Apogee: 667 km (414 mi). Perigee: 651 km (404 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 97.90 min. Summary: Picosatellite built by Kouku-kosen, the Tokyo Metropolitan College of Aeronautical Engineering, carrying an Earth imager..

2009 November 28 - . 01:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202. LV Configuration: H-IIA 202 s/n F16.
  • IGS O-3 - . Nation: USA. Agency: Mitsubishi. Spacecraft: IGS. USAF Sat Cat: 36104 . COSPAR: 2009-066A. Summary: Information Gathering Satellite, an optical surveillance satellite operated by Japan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center..

2010 May 20 - . 21:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • Hayato - . Payload: K-SAT. Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2010-06-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 36573 . COSPAR: 2010-020A. Apogee: 172 km (106 mi). Perigee: 166 km (103 mi). Inclination: 30.0000 deg. Period: 87.90 min. Summary: Cubesat for Kagoshima University, released in parking orbit..
  • Waseda-SAT2 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2010-07-12 . USAF Sat Cat: 36574 . COSPAR: 2010-020B. Apogee: 183 km (113 mi). Perigee: 177 km (109 mi). Inclination: 30.0000 deg. Period: 88.10 min. Summary: Cubesat for Waseda University, Tokyo, released in parking orbit..
  • Negai - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2010-06-26 . USAF Sat Cat: 36575 . COSPAR: 2010-020C. Apogee: 190 km (110 mi). Perigee: 176 km (109 mi). Inclination: 30.0000 deg. Period: 88.20 min. Summary: Cubesat for Soka University, Tokyo, released in parking orbit..
  • Akatsuki - . Payload: Planet-C. Mass: 320 kg (700 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Venus. Type: Venus probe. Spacecraft: Akatsuki. USAF Sat Cat: 36576 . COSPAR: 2010-020D. Summary: Venus-orbiting weather satellite with visible, infrared and ultraviolet cameras. Reached Venus on 6 December 2010 but the main engine malfunctioned, preventing the braking burn into Venus orbit. The spacecraft sailed past Venus into solar orbit..
  • Ikaros - . Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Technology. Type: Solar sail technology satellite. Spacecraft: Ikaros. USAF Sat Cat: 36577 . COSPAR: 2010-020E. Solar sail test vehicle. Released in solar orbit 0.72 AU x 1.07 AU x 2.0 deg. Deployed sail by 11 June, and acceleration due to the pressure of the light from the sun was as expected. Flyby of Venus at 80,000 km distance at 07:39 GMT on 8 December 2010 returned images of sail with crescent Vensu in the background.
  • Unitec-1 - . Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Unitec. USAF Sat Cat: 36578 . COSPAR: 2010-020F. Summary: Space qualification of university-built computers. Released in solar orbit 0.72 AU x 1.07 AU x 2.0 deg..

2010 September 11 - . 11:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • QZS-1 - . Payload: Michibiki. Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: QZS. USAF Sat Cat: 37158 . COSPAR: 2010-045A. Apogee: 38,944 km (24,198 mi). Perigee: 32,632 km (20,276 mi). Inclination: 40.9000 deg. Period: 1,436.20 min. Quasi-Zenith Satellite System; carried an L-band navigation package to augment GPS and a C-band transponder for communications. Placed in an inclined geosynchronous orbit that brings nearly overhead of Japan at peak usage hours, providing a better navigation and communications signal to users which normally would have equatorial geosynchronous satellite and medium-earth-orbit navigation satellite signals interfered with by tall buildings or steep canyons.

2011 September 23 - . 04:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • IGS 6A - . Nation: Japan. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: IGS. USAF Sat Cat: 37813 . COSPAR: 2011-050A. Summary: IGS Optical-4 satellite to replenish Japan's military reconnaisance satellite constellation..

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