Launch Preparations Proceed After Second Go/No Decision

The launch of the GPM Core Observatory is proceeding toward launch at Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. Final checks have been made for the operational conditions of the H-IIA launch vehicle, satellites, launch facilities, tracking and control systems, and weather conditions.

The process of loading propellant, such as liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, into the rocket has begun.

Terminal countdown operations also begun. Access to the launch pad is now restricted within a radius of 400 meters.