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Advanced weather satellite rides into orbit atop Japan’s H-IIA rocket

02 November 2016

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Japan's H-IIA Rocket jumped off its sea-side launch pad on Tanegashima Island on Wednesday, lifting the Himawari-9 weather satellite into orbit to start a mission ensuring the country can access crucial weather data until the early 2030s.

H-IIA, making its second launch of the year, fired up its cryogenic main engine and twin Solid Rocket Boosters at 6:20 UTC, 3:20 p.m. local time to begin a 28-minute flight to a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit from where the 3,500 Kilogram satellite can maneuver to its high-altitude perch where it will capture a multi-wavelength picture of the entire visible globe every ten minutes.

Source: Spaceflight 101

Image credit: JMA

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