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SATCAT no.  29656
Launch date  18 December 2006
Launch mass  5,800 kg
Bus  DS2000
COSPAR ID  2006-059A
Mission duration  10 years
Period  24 hours
Launch mass  5,800 kg
Manufacturer  Mitsubishi Electric
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Mission type  Communications Technology
Website  www.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/ets8/index_e.html
Similar  WINDS, ETS‑VII, OICETS, N‑SAT‑110, Himawari 8

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JAXA Engineering Test Satellite ETS-VIII (Kiku 8) is the eighth technology test satellite in a series which started with ETS-1 in 1975 by NASDA. It was launched with the H-2A on December 18, 2006. ETS-VIII was developed by JAXA in cooperation with NICT and NTT. The aim of ETS-VIII is to enable satellite communications with small terminals. Unlike the Iridium satellites for mobile communication, ETS-VIII is positioned at GEO. However to fulfill the task the satellite must carry two very large antennas. So far, this has been the only use of the 204 configuration (four strap-on boosters) of the H-IIA launch vehicle.



  • December 20, 2000: Launch of LDREX, a demonstration of the large antenna reflector deployment, aboard Ariane 5. Deployment failed.
  • October 14, 2006 Launch of LDREX-2 with the Ariane 5, model antenna deployed successfully.
  • December 18, 2006: ETS-VIII was launched aboard H-IIA.
  • December 26, 2006 Both antennas were deployed. [1]
  • January 9, 2007 GEO orbit injection. [2]
  • May 9, 2007 The satellite switched to normal operation phase. [3]
  • January 10, 2017: Decommissioned.
  • References

    ETS-VIII Wikipedia

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