AKA: Hikoboshi. Status: Operational 1997. First Launch: 1997-11-27. Last Launch: 1997-11-27. Number: 1 .
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The Orihime and Hikoboshi satellites undocked and redocked on July 7 1998 in the FP-1 test of automated docking systems. Despite claims of the NASDA space agency that this is a first, automated Russian craft have docked on many occasions since the Kosmos-186/188 docking in 1968.