JAXA H-IIB First Stage Firing Successful


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