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H-IIA Launch


The Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) press release is reproduced below:



Launch Day of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 11 (H-IIA F11)

October 25, 2006 (JST)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to announce that the launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 11 (H-IIA F11) with the Engineering Test Satellite VIII "Kiku No. 8" (ETS-VIII) onboard was approved by the Space Activities Commission (SAC) as follows.

Scheduled date of launch: December 16 (Saturday), 2006 (Japan Standard Time, JST)
Launch time: 3:32 to 3:44 p.m. (JST)
Launch windows: December 17 (Sun) through February 28 (Wed), 2007 (JST)
Launch Site: Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center

Mission website:
Engineering Test Satellite VIII (ETS-VIII)
H-IIA Launch Vehicle

For inquiries:
JAXA Public Affairs Department
Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 to 7, Fax: +81-3-6266-6910

Kagoshima Space Center, JAXA
Tel: +81-997-26-9013 to 9015

Source: JAXA press release

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The Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) press release is reproduced below:

Launch Postponement of the Engineering Test Satellite VIII "KIKU No. 8" (ETS-VIII)/H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 11

December 16, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 11 (H-IIA F11) with the Engineering Test Satellite "KIKU NO. 8" (ETS-VIII) onboard has been postponed due to lightening fears over clouds, including a freezing layer, observed above the launch site. (Please refer to the attachment for an explanation of a freezing layer.) There is little possibility for the weather to recover by the time of the launch.

The new launch date has been set for December 18 (Mon), 2006 (Japan Standard Time, JST). The scheduled launch time is between 3:32 thru 3:44 p.m. (JST.)

The launch was originally scheduled for Dec. 16 (Sat), 2006 (JST.)

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Mission website:

Engineering Test Satellite VIII (ETS-VIII)

H-IIA Launch Vehicle

For inquiries:

JAXA Public Affairs Department

Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 to 7, Fax: +81-3-6266-6910

Kagoshima Space Center, JAXA

Tel: +81-997-26-9013 to 9015

Source: JAXA press release

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The Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) press release is reproduced below:

Launch Result of the Engineering Test Satellite

"KIKU No. 8" (ETS-VIII) / H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 11

December 18, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 11 (H-IIA F11) with the Engineering Test Satellite VIII "KIKU No. 8" (ETS-VIII) onboard was launched at 3:32 p.m. on December 18, 2006 (Japan Standard Time, JST.) The initial flight angle (azimuth) was 97 degrees.

The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at 27 minutes and 35 seconds after liftoff, the "KIKU No. 8" separation was confirmed.

The Santiago station (in Chile) started receiving signals from the "KIKU No. 8" at 4:27 p.m. (JST), and by those signals, JAXA confirmed that the solar array paddle deployment was successfully completed.

We would like to express our profound appreciation for the cooperation and support of all related personnel and organizations that helped contribute to the successful launch of the H-IIA F11.

This information is also available on the following website:

KIKU No.8 / H-IIA No.11 Special site

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Mission website:

H-IIA Launch Vehicle

For inquiries:

JAXA Public Affairs Department

Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 to 7, Fax: +81-3-6266-6910

Kagoshima Space Center, JAXA

Tel: +81-997-26-9013 to 9015

Source: JAXA press release

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The Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) press release is reproduced below:

Flight Status of the Engineering Test Satellite VIII "KIKU No. 8"

December 18, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) received signals from the Engineering Test Satellite No. 8 "KIKU No. 8" at the Santiago Station in Chile and the Maspalomas Station in the Canary Islands (the Kingdom of Spain). Through the received signals and images, we have confirmed that solar array paddles have been deployed and sun acquisition was successfully performed. The "KIKU No. 8" was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center at 3:32 p.m. on December 18, 2006, Japan Standard Time (JST.)

The satellite is now in good condition, and operations are progressing smoothly.

Images of the solar array paddle deployment are attached below.

Next Update:

Our next "KIKU No. 8" update is scheduled to be released at around 4:00 a.m. on Dec. 19 (JST) and will reveal the orbit determination results and first apogee engine firing schedule in the following Countdown website:

http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f11/index_e.html

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<Image of the north side paddle> <Image of the south side paddle>

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The successful deployment was confirmed by image data and telemetry data including power generation information.

(*1) Deployed four solar array panels

(*2) Deployed booms

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Mission website:

Engineering Test Satellite VIII "Kiku No.8(ETS-VIII)"

For inquiries:

JAXA Public Affairs Department

Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 to 7, Fax: +81-3-6266-6910

Tsukuba Space Center General Administration Office

Tel: +029-868-4277,4279,4280

Fax: +029-868-5966

Source: JAXA press release

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The Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) press release is reproduced below:

Flight Status of the Engineering Test Satellite VIII "KIKU No. 8"

December 18, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) received signals from the Engineering Test Satellite No. 8 "KIKU No. 8" at the Santiago Station in Chile and the Maspalomas Station in the Canary Islands (the Kingdom of Spain). Through the received signals and images, we have confirmed that solar array paddles have been deployed and sun acquisition was successfully performed. The "KIKU No. 8" was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center at 3:32 p.m. on December 18, 2006, Japan Standard Time (JST.)

The satellite is now in good condition, and operations are progressing smoothly.

Images of the solar array paddle deployment are attached below.

Next Update:

Our next "KIKU No. 8" update is scheduled to be released at around 4:00 a.m. on Dec. 19 (JST) and will reveal the orbit determination results and first apogee engine firing schedule in the following Countdown website:

http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f11/index_e.html

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<Solar Array Paddle Deployment Images>

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<Image of the north side paddle> <Image of the south side paddle>

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The successful deployment was confirmed by image data and telemetry data including power generation information.

(*1) Deployed four solar array panels

(*2) Deployed booms

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Mission website:

Engineering Test Satellite VIII "Kiku No.8(ETS-VIII)"

For inquiries:

JAXA Public Affairs Department

Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 to 7, Fax: +81-3-6266-6910

Tsukuba Space Center General Administration Office

Tel: +029-868-4277,4279,4280

Fax: +029-868-5966

Source: JAXA press release

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Outline of KIKU No. 8 (ETS-VIII)

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Japan has been launching a series of Engineering Test Satellites (ETS series) from ETS-I (KIKU No. 1) to ETS-VII (KIKU No. 7, or Orihime and Hikobosi), with the aim of developing satellite technology that meets the needs of the times. The KIKU No. 8 (ETS-VIII) was launched by an H-IIA launch vehicle on Dec. 18, 2006, is the eighth satellite in the series and is designed to cope with increasing communication demands for mobile devices such as portable phones.

The satellite weighs about three tons. Equipped with two large deployable antennas (reflectors) and two solar paddles, its end-to-end length is 40 meters. The area of one large deployable reflector is 19 m x 17 m, which is about the size of a tennis court. The satellite is one of the largest geostationary satellites in the world. Due to this enormous size, it enables mobile terminals such as cell phones that are about the same size as the current ones to directly communicate with the geostationary satellite that covers all of Japan, thus mobile communications will become smoother. The deployment technology of this reflector can be applied to large structures in space in the future.

Source: JAXA - KIKU No. 8

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Source: JAXA Digital Archives

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