JAXA formally asks Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to build H-X rocket successor to H-IIA/H-IIB

by | Mar 26, 2014 | commercial launch services | 0 comments

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has formally appointed Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd to build and operate the new H-X launch vehicle which is expected to be eventually called the H-III (H-3).  This new launch vehicle, which is the successor to the H-IIA and H-IIB series of rockets, will use LOx (liquid Oxygen)/Liquid Hydrogen crygenic powered first and second stages, supplemented by up to six solid rocket boosters, depending on the mass of the payload carried.  The entire H-X project is expected to cost the Yen equivalent of $1.9 billion with the first launch of the rocket expected in 2020.

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