JAXA to conduct third launch of new flagship H3 rocket on June 30

Japan's space agency says it will conduct the third launch of the country's new flagship H3 rocket on June 30.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, made the announcement on Friday.

Liftoff is scheduled for shortly after noon from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

In the event of unfavorable weather or other unforeseen circumstances, the rescheduling window has been designated from July 1 through 31.

The rocket will carry the Earth observation satellite Daichi-4. The satellite will be used to assess damage during disasters and swiftly detect changes related to volcanic activity. JAXA and Mitsubishi Electric jointly developed this satellite at a cost of about 32 billion yen.

The new rocket faced a failed debut launch last year but succeeded in its second launch this February after countermeasures were implemented.

The H3 is scheduled to replace the current mainstay rocket H2A, which is set to retire after its final launch in fiscal 2024.

JAXA aims to launch six H3 rockets annually.