Tanegashima Space Center 種子島宇宙センター
The frontline for rocket launches
The Tanegashima Space Center is located in the southeastern corner of Tanegashima , an island about 40 kilometers south of Kyushu. The space center was established in 1969 to complement the formation of the National Space Development Agency of Japan.
It is currently operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The center has facilities such as the large rocket launch complex, the satellite assembly building, and the satellite fairing assembly building. At these facilities a variety of operations are carried out, from final checks of satellites before loading them on to launch vehicles, assembly, maintenance, inspection and launches, and the tracking of vehicles after launch. The facility plays a central role in satellite launches in Japan's space development.
How to Get There
You can get to the space center by bus or car.
Access by car is recommended; it takes about 50 minutes by car from Tanegashima Airport. When coming by bus, please transfer at Minamitane Town Hall-mae.
One of the world's most beautiful rocket launch sites
The Tanegashima Space Center is Japan's largest rocket launch site, covering a total area of 9.7 million square meters. Located on the southeast coast of Tanegashima Island, south of Kagoshima, it is said to be the most beautiful rocket launch site in the world.
Visit the site's space development museum for free
The Space Science and Technology Museum, located in Tanegashima Space Center, is free to visit. The museum is easy to understand, and a fun place to learn about various fields of space development, like rockets, satellites, the International Space Station, Earth observations, and celestial bodies and planets. You can learn through exhibits that feature a variety of life-size models and games. In addition, guided tours of the center are available with advance reservation.
Places to see launches
One the day of rocket launches, a 3-kilometer radius around the launch pad at Tanegashima Space Center is off-limits. JAXA's audio countdown is broadcast to a designated viewing site managed by the town of Minamitane.
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