Orbit Data of the Optical Inter-orbit Communications Engineering Test Satellite "Kirari" (OICETS) and Innovative Technology Demonstration Experiment


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed the detailed orbit data of the Optical Inter-orbit Communications Engineering Test Satellite (OICETS) "Kirari" and the Innovative Technology Demonstration Experiment Satellite (INDEX) as follows. The satellites were launched at 6:10 a.m. on August 24, 2005, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

[Optical Inter-orbit Communications Engineering Test Satellite "Kirari"]

                       Actual value   Scheduled value 
   Apogee altitude      611.4 km       (610.0 km) 
   Perigee altitude     609.6 km       (609.7 km) 
   Inclination          97.8 degrees   (97.8 degrees) 
   Period               96.9 minutes   (96.9 minutes) 

The satellite has now shifted to normal control mode, and is operating smoothly.

[Innovative Technology Demonstration Experiment Satellite (INDEX)]

                       Actual value   Scheduled value 
   Apogee altitude      654.1 km       (653.3 km) 
   Perigee altitude     610.0 km       (609.0 km) 
   Inclination          97.8 degrees   (97.8 degrees) 
   Period               97.3 minutes   (97.3 minutes) 

The nickname of the INDEX is "Reimei".

The next press release is scheduled to be issued at 18:10 on Aug. 25, 2005.

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