Earth Observation Mission News
Japanese H-2A rocket lifts off with two satellites
22 December 2017
Two research satellites to probe Earth's climate patterns and test ion engine technology to counter atmospheric drag in an unusual low-altitude orbit launched on 23 December 2017 on top of a Japanese H-2A rocket.
The two Japanese-built spacecraft rocketed away from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on 23 December 2017 at 01:26:22 GMT (8:26:22 p.m. EST Friday) inside the H-2A's payload fairing.
Source: Spaceflight Now
Image credit: JAXA - A Japanese H-2A rocket lifts off at 01:26:22 GMT Saturday (8:26:22 p.m. EST Friday) from the Tanegashima Space Center