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ETS-VIII

ETS-VIII

ETS-VIII
Organization JAXA, NICT, NTT
Mission Type Satellite communication
Satellite of Earth
Launch December 18, 2006 on a H-IIA rocket
Launch site Tanegashima Space Center
Mission duration 10 years
Launch Mass 5800 kg
Webpage JAXA
Orbital elements
Apogee
Eccentricity
Inclination
Orbital Period
Right ascension of the ascending node
Argument of perigee
Instruments
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.

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