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Update: Today's launch was cancelled. More details will be reported as further information becomes available.


This is an invitation to attend our chat room event, where we will be covering the launch of the first JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) on board.

Chat event will start 20 minutes before the first launch window time.

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Here's JAXA press release:

Launch Time of the Epsilon-1 with SPRINT-A aboard
August 25, 2013 (JST) Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) set the launch time of the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) onboard as follows:

Scheduled launch date: August 27 (Tuesday), 2013 (Japan Standard Time, JST)
Launch time: 1:45:00 p.m. (JST)
Launch time windows: 1:45 p.m. thru 2:30 p.m. (JST)


Live Broadcast

JAXA will broadcast the launch through the Internet. The live Internet broadcast will be provided in Flash format, YouTube and USTREAM from this web page.

Broadcast Schedule

From 1:25 p.m. on August 27 (Tue.) (JST) *

*The above schedule is subject to change due to the preparation status and weather conditions.


Your local times for the start of the chat room event

Timezone      Date        Local time
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Tokyo (JST)   August 27    1:25 p.m.
GMT/UTC       August 27    4:25 a.m.
CET/CEST      August 27    6:25 a.m.
EST/EDT       August 27   12:25 a.m.
PST/PDT       August 26    9:25 p.m.

  World Time

If you can't find your timezone in the list above, you can use the World Time Buddy tool.


Welcome to our chat room - The Pod Bay - where we will discuss this event and post links to live streams covering the launch!

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