Press Release

Result of the Second Captive Firing Test for the First Stage Flight Model Tank of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle

By SpaceRef Editor
April 22, 2009
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. performed the second captive firing test (CFT) for the first stage flight model tank of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle on April 22, 2009 (Japan Standard Time,) at the Tanegashima Space Center. The test went smoothly as follows.

Test purpose
– Final verification of the pressure characteristics of the flight
– Acquisition of environment data including vibration data in each
part of the core vehicle during the firing test

Firing time
1:00 p.m.

Firing duration
150 seconds (150)

Main combustion pressure
No. 1 Engine About 12.0 Mpa (11.7 to 12.9)
No. 2 Engine About 12.0 Mpa (11.7 to 12.9)

Numbers in ( ) are scheduled values.

We would like to express our profound appreciation to all people and parties related with this CFT. For your information, the weather at the time of the CFT was cloudy, wind was 8.6 meters per second from the north-west, and the
temperature was 19.1 degrees Celsius.

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