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Launch of the Advanced Small Radar Satellite Called “ASNARO-2” to be Postponed

ASNARO-2, an acronym for the “Advanced Satellite with New system Architecture for Observation,” is an advanced small radar satellite, the development of which the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has supported. METI hereby announces that the launch of the satellite, which was scheduled to be conducted on November 12 (Sun.), 2017, has been postponed.

METI has been promoting the ASNARO project, an effort for developing earth observation satellites which excel in fast delivery, high performance, compact size and low price, and aims to fortify the competitiveness of Japan’s space industry and expand its industries in which related technologies are utilized.

As part of this project, NEC Corporation succeeded in developing a radar satellite for earth observation, named ASNARO-2. On November 12 (Sun.), 2017, Japan was scheduled to launch the satellite utilizing the Third Epsilon Launch Vehicle from a JAXA Uchinoura Space Center launch site. However, due to a defect in an electric system on the Third Epsilon Launch Vehicle discovered during the inspection at the site, Japan decided to postpone the launch of the satellite. The repair schedule has not been finalized.

METI will publicize the new launch date as soon as it determined.

Outline of the performance of the advanced small radar satellite ASNARO-2

  • Major on-board device:Synthetic aperture radar
    GSD:1.0m
    Observable width:10㎞
  • Mass:570㎏

Release date

September 29, 2017

Division in Charge

Space Industry Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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