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Rocket: H-2A (202)
Payload: Himawari 8
Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Time: 0516 GMT (1:16 a.m. EDT)
Window: 4 hours
Site: Launch Pad 1, Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan
Orbit: Geostationary Transfer Orbit

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Ground track map

H-2A rocket diagram

Rollout photos

Himawari 8 pamphlet

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By Stephen Clark

Live coverage of the Japanese H-2A rocket carrying the Himawari 8 weather satellite for the Japan Meteorological Agency. Text updates will appear automatically; there is no need to reload the page. Follow us on Twitter.

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