Yoshinobu Launch Complex

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Yoshinobu Launch Complex
Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission (12812960063).jpg
Full view of the Yoshinobu Launch Complex during roll out of the H-IIA rocket in February 2014.
Launch siteTanegashima
Coordinates30°24′08″N 130°58′30″E / 30.40222°N 130.97500°E / 30.40222; 130.97500Coordinates: 30°24′08″N 130°58′30″E / 30.40222°N 130.97500°E / 30.40222; 130.97500
Short nameLC-Y
OperatorNASDA (former)
Total launches54
Launch pad(s)2
Pad 1 launch history
First launch3 February 1994
Last launch9 February 2020
H-IIA / IGS-Optical 7
H-IIA (active)
Pad 2 launch history
First launch10 September 2009
Last launch20 May 2020
H-IIB / Kounotori 9 (HTV-9)
H-IIB, H-III (future)

Yoshinobu Launch Complex[1][2] (LC-Y) is a rocket launch site at the Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima. The site and its collection of facilities were originally built for the H-II launch vehicle and later used for H-IIA and H-IIB launches.

It is the most Northern launch complex at Tanegashima, and along with the now inactive Osaki Launch Complex used for orbital launches. The Yoshinobu Launch Complex consists of two launch pads. The complex also contains a test stand for firing the LE-7 engines used in the first stage of the H-II and its derivatives.[2] Prior to launch, rockets are processed vertically in the complex's vehicle assembly building.[3] The rocket is rolled out to the launch pad on a mobile launcher platform about twelve hours before it is scheduled to launch. It takes around thirty minutes to transport the rocket from the assembly building to Pad 1.[4]

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  1. ^ "Tanegashima Y". astronautix.com. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC)". JAXA. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Launch Preparation Report". H-IIA Launch Services Flight 15. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Countdown Report". H-IIA Launch Vehicle 14. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2009.