AMI Wins Contract to Create Bolts for Japan’s Flagship Launch Vehicle
AMI is happy to announce that we have won contracts to create bolts in support of the H-IIA, Japan’s primary large-scale launch vehicle, which is operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
An expendable launch system, the H-IIA has one of the highest performance to cost ratios of any launch system in the world. A H-IIA launch costs roughly half that of comparable systems. Cost reduction is more significant now than ever thanks to the huge growth in satellite-based observation, data services, broadcasting and communication systems.
In the video below, you can see the recent successful launch of a H-IIA which carried the second iteration of “IBUKI“, the world’s first satellite dedicated to greenhouse-gas-monitoring, and KhalifaSat, a remote sensing Earth observation satellite that provides high-resolution imagery of Earth to be used for urban planning, meteorology and environmental monitoring.
The H-IIA is part of a revolution currently taking place in the field of aerospace. In the past, space programs were invariably large-scale and centered around high-cost projects. Today the focus is on lower-cost missions with more limited aims. These kinds of projects are possible because of the development of cost-effective launch systems like the H-IIA.
The H-IIA has an operational success rate of 97.4%, and the H-IIB has a 100% success rate, giving these systems the highest performance level in the world.
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