Japan's ERG Mission takes Flight

Japan's Enhanced Epsilon Rocket is set for its debut mission on December 20, 2016 - lifting off from the Uchinoura Space Center with the ERG satellite that sets out to explore how electrons are accelerated and lost within Earth's magnetosphere. Sporting a number of changes compared to the original Epsilon flown in 2013, Epsilon-2 will deliver the small observatory to a highly elliptical orbit peaking over 30,000 Kilometers in altitude.

Live Video by JAXA.

Launch Date: December 20, 2016Mission Updates
Window: 11:00 - 12:00 UTCERG Satellite & Instruments
Launch Site: Uchinoura, JapanEnhanced Epsilon Rocket
Launch Vehicle: Enhanced EpsilonFlight Profile
Payload: ERG (365kg) 
Ascent Duration: 13.5 Minutes 
Target Orbit: 219 x 33,200km, 31°