H-IIA Launch Vehicle

In Operation

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Leading edge, efficient and economical technology Japanese main large-scale launch vehicle, H-IIA

H-IIA, Japan’s primary large-scale launch vehicle, is designed to meet diverse launch demands, at lower cost and with a high degree of reliability, by making the best use of the H-II launch-vehicle technology. The simplified design and improved efficiency of the manufacturing and launch processes of H-IIA have achieved one of the highest performance to cost ratio of launch system in the world, reducing the cost of launches by a half or more.
H-IIA launch service operations have been transferred to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, LTD. ahead of the launch of H-IIA Flight 13. JAXA is in charge of launch safety management (including ground safety confirmation, flight safety assurance, and overall countdown control and supervision.)


Launch Records

Flight No.ModelLaunch DatePayload
F22 H2A
202
1/27/2013 IGS (Information Gathering Satellites)
F21 H2A
202
5/18/2011 Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W1)
Small Demonstration Satellite-4 (SDS-4)
F20 H2A
202
12/12/2011 IGS (Information Gathering Satellites)
F19 H2A
202
9/23/2011 IGS (Information Gathering Satellites)
F18 H2A
202
9/11/2010 Quasi-Zenith Satellite-1 "MICHIBIKI"
F17 H2A
202
5/21/2010 Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI" (PLANET-C)
Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun "IKAROS"
F16 H2A
202
11/28/2009 IGS (Information Gathering Satellites)
F15 H2A
202
1/23/2009 Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT)
Small Demonstration Satellite-1 (SDS-1)
F14 H2A
2024
2/23/2008 Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite "KIZUNA" (WINDS)
F13 H2A
2022
9/14/2007 SELenological and ENgineering Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE)
F12 H2A
2024
2/24/2007 IGS (Information Gathering Satellites)
F11 H2A
204
12/18/2006 Engineering Test Satellite VIII "KIKU No.8" (ETS-VIII)
F10 H2A
202
9/11/2006 IGS (Information Gathering Satellites)
F9 H2A
2024
2/18/2006 Multi-functional Transport Satellite-2 "Himawari-7" (MTSAT-2)
F8 H2A
2022
1/24/2006 Advanced Land Observing Satellite "Daichi" (ALOS)
F7 H2A
2022
2/26/2005 Multi-Functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement "Himawari-6" (MTSAT-1R)
F6 H2A
2024
11/29/2003 IGS (Information Gathering Satellites)
* H-IIA F6 was consequently destroyed by a destruction command from the ground as the vehicle did not gain enough height and speed due to the failure.
F5 H2A
2024
3/28/2003 IGS (Information Gathering Satellites)
F4 H2A
202
12/14/2002 Advanced Earth Observation Satellite-II "Midori II" (ADEOS-II)
Engineering Test Satellite "Micro-LabSat"
Whale Ecology Observation Satellite (WEOS)
Federation Satellite (FedSat)
F3 H2A
2024
9/10/2002 Data Relay Test Satellite "KODAMA" (DRTS)
Unmanned Space Experiment Recovery System (USERS)
TF2 H2A
2024
2/4/2002 Mission Demonstration test Satellite-1 "TSUBASA" (MDS-1)
H-IIA Vehicle Evaluation Payload #3 (VEP-3)
DASH (Demonstrator of Atmospheric Reentry System with Hyper Velocity)
TF1 H2A
202
8/29/2001 Laser Ranging Equipment (LRE)
H-IIA Vehicle Evaluation Payload #2 (VEP-2)