H-IIA 202 | IGS Optical 7

H-IIA 202 | IGS Optical 7

Yoshinobu Launch Complex
Tanegashima, Japan

Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) is a Japanese governmental spy satellite program. IGS Optical 7, as the name suggests, is an optical reconnaissance satellite. Japan began development of IGS in the late 1990s, following North Korea’s attempted satellite launch in 1998. Although the North Korean launch failed to reach orbit, the rocket carrying it crossed Japan during its ascent, sparking fears that North Korean missiles would be able to target the islands. With IGS, Japan aimed to develop an independent reconnaissance capability to monitor future threats. The constellation can also be used for disaster monitoring and other civilian applications by the Japanese government.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational engineering, electrical equipment and electronics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. MHI is one of the core companies of the Mitsubishi Group. MHI's products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, printing machines, ships and space launch vehicles. Through its defense-related activities, it is the world's 23rd-largest defense contractor measured by 2011 defense revenues and the largest based in Japan.

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H-IIA 202


Height 53.00 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 4100 kg

Liftoff Thrust 2260 kN

Diameter 4.00 Meters

Mass To LEO 10000 kg

Liftoff Mass 285 Tonnes


Launch Success 22

Consecutive Success 22

Maiden Flight 2001-08-29

Launch Failures 0


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