July 21, 2012
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Test Result of H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.3 Second Stage Controlled Re-entry
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to announce that we have confirmed that the second stage controlled re-entry test for the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.3 (H-IIB F3) was conducted as planned by re-igniting the second stage engine for the second time after separating its payload, the KOUNOTORI3 (HTV3, a cargo transfer vehicle to the International Space Station) .