Launch Time and Window of H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 23
with GPM Core Observatory onboard

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided the launch time and launch window for the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 23 (H-IIA F23) with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory onboard under the following schedule as a result of the latest analysis (*1).

*1: Collision Avoidance Analysis (COLA analysis): A collision avoidance analysis is an analysis conducted prior to a rocket launch to avoid a collision with manned space systems, such as the International Space Station, which are in orbit and the rocket and/or its payloads.
    Scheduled date of Launch:
    February 28 (Friday), 2014 (Japan Standard Time)
    Launch time:
    3:37 a.m. (JST)
    Launch time window:
    3:37 thru 4:37 a.m. (JST)
    Launch day window:
    March 1 (Saturday) through March 31 (Monday), 2014.

    (The COLA analysis will be performed again if the launch day slips, and the launch time will be set to sometime between 3:07 a.m. and 5:07 a.m.)