Photos: H-IIA Rocket Assembly for QZS-4 Launch

An H-IIA rocket is assembled at Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center in preparation for launch with the fourth and last Quasi-Zenith Satellite – completing a four-satellite constellation to improve the availability and augment the accuracy of satellite navigation in the country’s urban canyons by placing satellites at high elevation angles using specialized orbits. QZS-4 is the third mission in support of the program in 2017 with the goal of full operational capability in mid-2018.

All Photos: QZSS Project / Mitsubishi Heavy Industries