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May 18, 2012 05:10 JST
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May 18, 2012 03:40 JST
The separation of "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W1) has been confirmed. Updated status of "SHIZUKU" after the separation from the launch vehicle is available at any time on JAXA's website. This is the end of our countdown report. Thank you for visiting our website.
May 18, 2012 01:55 JST
The separation of "Arirang 3" (KOMPSAT-3) has been confirmed. For your information, our report to confirm the separation of 'SHIZUKU' (GCOM-W1) is scheduled to start at about 4:00 JST.
May 18, 2012 01:40 JST
H-IIA F21 is flying smoothly at present.
May 18, 2012 01:39 JST
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has launched the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 21 carrying "SHIZUKU" and "Arirang 3" at 01:39 on May 18, 2012 JST from the Tanegashima Space Center.
Liftoff of H-IIA F21 (1)
Liftoff of H-IIA F21 (2)
May 18, 2012 01:34 JST
It is 4 minutes and 30 seconds before liftoff. The automatic countdown sequence has started.
May 18, 2012 01:09 JST
It is 30 minutes before launch. You can enjoy the live launch webcast on JAXA's website.
May 18, 2012 00:39 JST
It is 60 minutes before launch. The final countdown operation has started. "JAXA Broadcast" (live launch webcast) will start at around 1:10.
May 18, 2012 00:30 JST
The green light has been given to the X-60 minutes terminal countdown operation.
May 17, 2012 23:58 JST
The second attitude control system flight slew test has been completed.
May 17, 2012 22:01 JST
The radio frequency system between H-IIA F21 and the ground stations has been checked up.
May 17, 2012 20:55 JST
It has been confirmed that the first- and second-stage liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks have been fully loaded.
H-IIA F21 - Both liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks fully loaded
May 17, 2012 19:39 JST
By running programs of the guidance and control system mounted on H-IIA F21, it has been confirmed that all devices for flight attitude control are working as expected.
May 17, 2012 18:55 JST
Access will now be restricted within a radius of 3,000 meters from the launch pad.
May 17, 2012 17:54 JST
Pre-cooling operation for the ground liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen systems has started.
May 17, 2012 16:10 JST
Terminal countdown operation has started. Access will now be restricted within a radius of 400 meters from the launch pad.
Terminal countdown operation has started
May 17, 2012 15:37 JST
Final checks have been made for operational conditions of the launch vehicle, satellites, launch facilities, and tracking and control systems, as well as weather conditions. We now have gotten a go-ahead for loading the propellant, such as liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, into the launch vehicle. Propellant loading preparations are going to start.
May 17, 2012 12:56 JST
H-IIA F21 has arrived at the launch pad. The launch vehicle is going to be connected to the pad facilities.
Snapshot of launch site
H-IIA F21 on the way to launch pad
H-IIA F21 has arrived at launch pad
H-IIA F21 has arrived at launch pad
May 17, 2012 12:30 JST
H-IIA F21 carrying "SHIZUKU" and "Arirang 3" has left for the launch pad. H-IIA F21, mounted on a mobile launcher, will travel approximately 500 meters from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad. This will take about 30 minutes.
May 17, 2012 09:37 JST
This is an updated launch countdown report on the Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W1) and the Korea Multipurpose Satellite-3 "Arirang 3" (KOMPSAT-3) which will be launched using the H-IIA No. 21 Launch Vehicle (H-IIA F21). After the weather conditions checked out, the green light has been given for H-IIA F21 carrying "SHIZUKU" and "Arirang 3" to leave the Vehicle Assembly Building for the launch pad. The scheduled launch time zone is May 18, 2012 01:39 - 01:42 JST.