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Advanced Small Radar Satellite Called "ASNARO-2" Successfully Launched

ASNARO-2, an acronym of "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 on January 18(Thur.), 2018, the satellite was launched by the Third Epsilon Launch Vehicle from a JAXA Uchinoura Space Center launch site and that it is operating as scheduled.

1. Purpose

As one of the efforts for the ASNARO project that METI has been advancing, on January 18(Thur.), 2018, ASNARO-2, a radar satellite for earth observation, was launched by the Third Epsilon Launch Vehicle from a JAXA Uchinoura Space Center launch site and is operating as scheduled.

2. Summary of the results

On January 18(Thur.):
6:06:11 a.m.:
ASNARO-2 was launched by the Third Epsilon Launch Vehicle from a JAXA Uchinoura Space Center launch site.
6:58 a.m.:
The satellite detached from the rocket.
7:28 a.m.:
JAXA received signals from the satellite.

The imaging capability of the satellite will be examined hereafter, and the developer of the satellite will launch full-fledged operations of the satellite.

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

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

Release date

January 18, 2018

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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