Tanegashima Space Center
Japanese launch site on the island of Tanegashima (30.2° N, 130.9°
E). It is the largest such facility in Japan and used for missions of NASDA
(National Space Development Agency). Launches from here are normally restricted
to certain times of the year – between Jul. 22 and Sep. 30, and between
Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 – due to safety range procedures set up as a result
of pressure from Japanese fishermen.