[SatNews] More cubes in space and a precipitation observatory to go up tomorrow, Thursday, February 27.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plan to launch the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 23 (H-IIA F23) with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory onboard in the following schedule.
In addition, to capitalize on the excess launch capability of the H-IIA F23, JAXA will include in a secondary payload, or piggyback payload, seven small cubesats. The launch is scheduled to occur during a 1 hour window opening at 18:37 UTC on February 27, 2014 (03:37 JST on February 28).
- Scheduled date of Launch February 28 (Friday), 2014 (Japan Standard Time)
- Launch time 3:07 a.m. thru 5:07 a.m. (Japan Standard Time)
- Launch Window March 1 (Saturday) through March 31 (Monday), 2014.
- Launch site Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center
Details may change rapidly as the countdown and ascent progress.