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KAGUYA (SELENE) Flight Path to the Moon

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(JAXA) has confirmed the sucessful deployment of the high-gain antenna of the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE).
Telemetry data was received at 6:52 p.m. on September 14, 2007 (JST)
The high-gain antenna plays a key role in communications between the satellite and the Earth.
They also acquired image data taken by the KAGUYA onboard camera at 10:53 p.m. (JST.)

The satellite is currently in good health.

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An image of the high-gain antenna deployment taken by the onboard camera is attached below.

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The right side is the SOL-BC (part of the X-ray spectrometer.)
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(JAXA) also confirmed the deployment of the solar array paddle at 11:44 a.m. on September 14 (Japan Standard Time, JST) through signals and power generation data from the satellite.
They acquired an image of the paddle deployment at 11:13 p.m. on the same day (JST).

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Solar array paddle deployment acquired image
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Each phase and event of KAGUYA

Operational phase Contents Events
Launch preparation stage It launches from the start of launch preparation job, to completion of preparation Start of countdown
Launch stage From completion of launch preparation to satellite separation after the Moon transfer orbit throwing Lift off
Nose fairing open
2nd stage separation
Lunar transitional Orbit insertion
Early stage Critical phase Lunar transitional Orbit phase From satellite separation to Lunar polar orbit insertion
(After approximately 1 hours)
Separation from H-IIA
Solar Array Paddle Deployment
High-Gain Antenna Deployment
Injection Error Correction Maneuver
Adjustment Maneuver of Revolution Period
LOI Conditions Adjusting Maneuver
Lunar polar Orbit phase From Lunar polar orbit insertion to observation
(After approximately 45 days)
Lunar polar Orbit Insertion
Relay Satellite Release
VRAD Satellite Release
Orbit Correction Maneuver(6 times)
Observation
Early operational phase From completion of Lunar polar orbit insertion to completion of observation preparation Observation equipments check out
Constancy phase From completion of early operation to end of observation
(10 months after the completing the early use)
Scientific observation
HDTV shooting




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Kaguya's mission will proceed according to the following timeline:

Event Date / Time (UTC)
Launch September 14, 01:31:01
Injection Error Correction Manueuver September 14, 20:11:01
Adjustment Maneuver of Revolution Period September 19, 00:46:01
LOI Conditions Adjusting Maneuver September 30, 18:56:01
Lunar Polar Orbit Insertion (LOI) October 3, 21:01:01
Relay Satellite Release October 9, 00:46:01
VRAD Satellite Release October 14, 05:37:01
Science observations begin October 21, 10:27:01


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H-IIA rocket 13 machine launch sequence

EventRecorded EventPredicted Time 
1. Lift off 0 minute 0 seconds 0 minute 0 seconds
2. Solid strap on booster (SSB) ignition 0 minute 10 seconds 0 minute 10 seconds
3. Solid strap on booster (SSB) separation 1 minute 29 seconds 1 minute 30 seconds
4. Solid propellant rocket  booster (SRB-A) burn out 1 minute 50 seconds 1 minute 55 seconds
5. Solid propellant rocket booster (SRB-A) separation 2 minute 4 seconds 2 minute 6 seconds
6. Satellite fair ring separation 4 minute 29 seconds 4 minute 26 seconds
7. 1st step main engine cut off 6 minute 42 seconds 6 minute 40 seconds
8. 1st step, 2nd step separation 6 minute 50 seconds 6 minute 48 seconds
9. 2nd step engine 1st Burn startup 7 minute 0 seconds 6 minute 58 seconds
10 2nd step engine 1st shut-off 12 minute 14 seconds 12 minute 10 seconds
11. 2nd step engine 2nd burn startup 40 minute 41 seconds 40 minute 38 seconds
12. 2nd step engine 2nd shut-off 44 minute 3 seconds 44 minute 2 seconds
13 Satellite separation 45 minute 34 seconds 45 minute 32 seconds
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Lunar Orbit Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 13 (H-IIA F13) at 10:31:01 a.m. on September 14, 2007 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Centre.
The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 45 minutes and 34 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the KAGUYA was confirmed.
At the time of the launch, the weather was clear, a wind speed was 5.9 m/second from the East South East, and the temperature was 29.8 degrees Celsius.

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A GIANT radio telescope in Tasmania will play a key role in a space mission billed as the biggest since the Apollo program.
Japan launched its first lunar orbiter today on the mission to investigate the moon.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency H-IIA rocket will try to solve the mystery of how the moon originated and evolved.
And the University of Tasmania's 26m Mt Pleasant radio telescope, southeast of Hobart, will play a key part in one mission experiment called VRAD.
It will use an array of radio telescopes on Earth to accurately track the position of the spacecraft and use the information to make the most accurate measurements of the lunar gravitational field.

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 Japan on Friday successfully launched a lunar explorer into orbit on a mission dubbed the first full-scale exploration of the moon since the U.S. Apollo program.
The H2A rocket carrying the moon explorer Kaguya lifted off at 10:31 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said.
About 45 minutes later, the rocket, the H2A Launch Vehicle No. 13, entered its elliptical orbit that circles the Earth at an altitude of between 280 and 233,000 kilometres.

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