JAXA celebrates H-IIB rocket GTV test success

by | Jul 13, 2009 | International Space Station, JAXA | 0 comments

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB ground test vehicle participated in a ground test at its Tanegashima Space Center launch site on 11 July. The test took the vehicle all the way through the launch procedure to the point where the first stage engines would have been started. In this blurry picture, an enlarged version of the thumbnail image that JAXA has released, the H-IIB GTV’s first and upper stage has been rolled out to the pad but without its fairing. The launch window for the maiden flight of the H-IIB is scheduled for 11 September this year. The rocket will launch the first of JAXA’s H-IIB Transfer Vehicle resupply spacecraft for the International Space Station

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