The first launch for a mission beyond Earth orbit was on September 14, 2007 for the SELENE moon mission.The first foreign payload on the H-IIA was the Australian Fed Sat-1 in 2002.Flight 13, which launched the lunar orbiter SELENE, was the first H-IIA launched after this privatization.

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The launch capability of an H-IIA launch vehicle can be enhanced by adding SRB-A (solid rocket booster or SRB) and Castor 4AXL (solid strap-on booster or SSB) to its basic configuration, creating a "family".

The models are indicated by three or four numbers following the prefix "H2A".

It is expected to launch for the first time in late 2016 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The company plans to fly an unmanned Dragon space craft to Mars as soon as 2018.

Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital vehicle is designed to fly crew and cargo just past the edge of space.

It is outfitted with large windows so that tourists would have a good view of Earth from space.

Space X already uses the Falcon 9 to launch commercial satellites to orbit and cargo to the International Space Station.

Orbital ATK's Antares rocket and its capsule, Cygnus, can ferry payloads up to 7,000 kg to low-Earth orbit.

H-IIB uses two LE-7A engines in its first stage, as opposed to one in H-IIA.