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To a Future when Anyone Can Access to Space

Photo: Masahiro Atsumi
Masahiro Atsumi
Vice President & Senior General Manager, Space Systems
Integrated Defense & Space Systems

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been Japan's main developer and manufacturer of Liquid fueled launch vehicles since the early phase of Japanese space development over 40 years ago. The launch vehicle is a type of rocket used to transport payload into space to facilitate various observations by satellite and human activities in and around the International Space Station (ISS) and moon. MHI has supported the foundations of space development in Japan by providing secure space transportation systems and establishing space infrastructure.

To possess into own launch vehicle in Japan and to launch into our satellite at any time is very much important to the national security. Japan and quality of life for its people.
Substantial economic and technological affluence enable Japan to engage in space development and contribute to the world through achievements in space. Another important role for Japan is to contribute to the progress of technology by developing leading-edge science and technology through space development.

"MHI technologies" integrated into Space development

Launch vehicle development in Japan has come to a turning point. In the early stages our goal was to catch up technologically by importing world-class technologies from Europe and the United States. Today, Japan's domestically produced launch vehicle, the H-II, goes toe-to-toe with the technologies of other leading space countries. We began offering commercial launch services with the H-IIA in 2007, and with the H-IIB in 2013, a competitive launch vehicle with other rivals in the world.
Schedule Assurance is one of our core strengths. We execute our launches on schedule and send satellites into their target orbits with perfect accuracy. Technology assures our performance. The space business requires a flawless integration of technological capabilities into large-scale systems. A launch vehicle is made from hundreds of thousands of parts assembled together with flawless accuracy advance checks are essential for the development of launch vehicles. A vehicle produced through one-shot manufacturing cannot be modified after firing. MHI maintains stable launch vehicle quality by checking every component repeatedly and from multiple points of view.

We are the only company capable of achieving and maintaining stable quality and consistent space development services from the first phases of engine and launch vehicle manufacture to the final phases of a launch campaign. MHI technologies in dozens of fields, from launch vehicles to nuclear power, are integrated into space development.

Using Space in Easier Ways

In September 2009, the H-IIB Launch Vehicle Test Flight (H-IIB TF1) launched the technology demonstrator of the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) into orbit. Customers in the global satellite market responded with piqued interest all around the world. We started commercial launch services of the H-IIB from the flight No.4 in 2013.

Satellite technologies are now polarizing into two directions: upsizing and downsizing. Japan may have opportunities to develop a lunar base and manned missions in the future. By 2020 we are preparing for making a plan complete the next-generation launch vehicle family after the H-IIA/H-IIB, a new lineup to meet the needs of the market around the world and contribute to space development. The parts composing this next-generation launch vehicle family will be fully standardized.

Our objective is to ensure that more people can use space in easier ways. We will help make space more accessible as a leader in space development.

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