Japanese orbital launch vehicle.
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First Launch: 2006.12.16.
Number: 1 .
ETS Japanese technology satellite. 7 launches, 1975.09.09 (Kiku 1) to 2006.12.16 (Kiku 8). More...
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Mitsubishi Japanese manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Japan. More...
Associated Launch Sites
Tanegashima Japan's main launch site for he larger N and H launch vehicles. In use for sounding rockets from 1967 and orbital launches from 1975. As of 2007 over 140 major launches had been made from the site. More...
H-2A SRB-A Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 76,400/10,400 kg. Thrust 2,250.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 280 seconds. More...
H-2A SSB Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 15,200/2,100 kg. Thrust 626.60 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 283 seconds. Provides supplemental thrust for H-2 or H-2A. More...
H-2A-1 Lox/LH2 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 113,600/13,600 kg. Thrust 1,098.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 440 seconds. Lower cost version of H-2 first stage. Can be throttled to 72% thrust. More...
LE-5B Lox/LH2 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 19,600/3,000 kg. Thrust 137.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 447 seconds. Lower cost version of H-2 second stage. More...
H-IIA 204 Chronology
2006 December 16 -
06:32 GMT - .
. Launch Complex
: Tanegashima Y
. LV Family
. Launch Vehicle
: H-IIA 204
. LV Configuration
: H-IIA 204 H-IIA-11.
- Kiku 8 - .
Payload: ETS-8. Mass: 5,817 kg (12,824 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Manufacturer: Melco. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: ETS. USAF Sat Cat: 29656 . COSPAR: 2006-059A. Apogee: 35,798 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,775 km (22,229 mi). Inclination: 0.0500 deg. Period: 1,436.11 min. Engineering Test Satellite-8 was a Japanese prototype/operational demonstration for a number of new technologies: a large satellite bus, large-scale deployable 40-m-span antennae, mobile satellite communications system, mobile satellite digital multimedia broadcasting, and basic positioning using high-accuracy time standard devices. It will be positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 146 degrees East. JAXA developed two portable terrestrial systems to communicate directly with the satellite - a tiny telephone and a portable laptop computer. The satellite was to have a lifetime of ten years. As of 2007 Mar 11 located at 145.97E drifting at 0.010W degrees per day.
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