Press Release


First Quasi-Zenith Satellite MICHIBIKI Flight Status

September 12, 2010 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed the deployment of the solar array paddles of the quasi-zenith satellite "MICHIBIKI" through telemetry data received at the Santiago Station, Chile. MICHIBIKI was launched by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 18 from the Tanegashima Space Center at 8:17 p.m. on September 11, 2010 (Japan Standard Time, JST.)

Solar array generation power: 6.7kW (Specification: over 6.4kW).

The satellite is in good health.

(Next information release schedule)
We plan to announce the orbit calculation results and the schedule of the first apogee engine firing for the MICHIBIKI at around 7:00 a.m. on Sept. 12 (JST) on the following special site.