Launch Postponement of
H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 30
with X-ray Astronomy Satellite (ASTRO-H) Onboard

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to postpone the launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 30 with the X-ray Astronomy Satellite (ASTRO-H) onboard from the Tanegashima Space Center, which was originally scheduled for February 12 (Fri.), 2016 (Japan Standard Time), as clouds including a freezing layer (please refer to the following figure) that exceed the restrictions for suitable weather are forecast to be generated at around the scheduled launch time. In addition, strong winds are also forecast and they are expected to hinder launch preparations.

The new launch day will be announced as soon as it is determined.

    Weather Restriction (Clouds including a freezing layer)