The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is Japan's national aero-space agency. Through the merger of three previously independent organizations, JAXA was formed on 1 October 2003. JAXA is responsible for research, technology development and the launch of satellites into orbit, and is involved in many more advanced missions, such as asteroid exploration and possible manned exploration of the Moon. JAXA launch their Epsilon vehicle from the Uchinoura Space Center and their H-II vehicles from the Tanegashima Space Center.
8 payloads will fly on this mission : "RApid Innovative payload demonstration SatellitE-2" (RAISE-2), DRUMS(Debris Removal Unprecedented Micro-Satellite), Hibari, Z-Sat, and four CubeSat (ASTERISC, ARICA, NANODRAGON, KOSEN-1).