The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) succeeded in launching a technology demonstration satellite called “ASNARO-1 (Advanced Satellite with New system Architecture for Observation)” in Russia.
METI has been advancing research and development for achieving the production of a highly-functional, compact and low-cost satellite.
As one of such efforts, METI has finally succeeded in launching the technology demonstration satellite called “ASNARO-1,” the details of which are as follows:
Launch vehicle: Dnepr rocket
Launch site: Yasny launch base, Russia
Launch date and time: 16:35 on November 6 (Thurs.), 2014 (Japan standard time)
First signal receipt time: 16:53 (Japan standard time)
METI will conduct a variety of technology demonstrations and assessments after deploying the solar array paddles and adjusting their attitude.
This demonstration will contribute to establishing Japan’s technology for achieving the production of highly-functional, compact and low-cost satellites.
Outline of the performance of the ASNARO-1
- Major on-board device: Optical sensor for Earth observation
Optical Resolution: 0.5 m or less
Observable width: 10 km
- Mass: 450 kg
November 6, 2014
Division in charge
Space Industry Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau