Launch of H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 23

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to launch the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 23 (H-IIA F23) with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory onboard in the following schedule.
To capitalize on the excess launch capability of the H-IIA F23, we will also provide launch and orbit injection opportunities for seven small secondary payloads (piggyback payloads).

    Scheduled date of Launch:
    February 28 (Friday), 2014 (Japan Standard Time)
    Launch time:
    3:07 a.m. thru 5:07 a.m. (Japan Standard Time)
    Launch Window:
    March 1 (Saturday) through March 31 (Monday), 2014.
    Launch site:
    Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center