JAXA PRESS RELEASE
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. performed the first captive firing test (CFT) for the first stage flight model tank of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle on April 2, 2009 (Japan Standard Time) at the Tanegashima Space Center. The test went smoothly as follows.
- To verify the safety of firing two engines simultaneously.
- To confirm the interface between the launch vehicle and the ground facility.
- To confirm the countdown sequence up to liftoff.
Firing Duration: 10 seconds