Japan on 23 November 2015 conducted its first dedicated commercial satellite launch by launching Canadian communications spacecraft, Telstar 12V, into the orbit.
The satellite was launched aboard an H-IIA rocket that blasted off from Pad 1 of the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre.
The launch was conducted by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
This was first mission of Japan that carried a commercial satellite as its primary payload and only the second to carry a large commercial satellite. In 2012, Japan had launched South Korea’s commercial satellite Arirang-3 as a secondary payload to the Shizuku (GCOM-W) climate observatory.
About Telstar 12V satellite
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When: 23 November 2015