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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #46 on: 09/23/2011 06:44 AM »
JAXA press release (in Japanese) announcing launch success for Optical-4 satellite at 13:36 JST.
http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2011/09/20110923_h2af19_j.html

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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #47 on: 09/23/2011 06:52 AM »
Short article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/09/japanese-h-2a-launches-new-igs-military-satellite/
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No specific details were released on this latest IGS satellite, known  only as Optical-4, although unconfirmed reports claim it was  successfully separated after its ride uphill on the H-2A.
The JAXA release confirms separation of the IGS satellite.

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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #48 on: 09/23/2011 07:04 AM »

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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #49 on: 09/23/2011 07:51 AM »
Short article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/09/japanese-h-2a-launches-new-igs-military-satellite/
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A third optical satellite IGS 4A and a second radar satellite IGS  4B were then launched on 24 February 2007. IGS 4A is classed as a  advanced and experimental optical satellite, based on the Synthetic  Aperture Radar (SAR) technology.
AFAIU, a SAR antenna is used on Radar satellites not on optical satellites, which typically use telescopes.

Also, according to the Japanese Wikipedia page on IGS (different from the English version ;D !):
IGS-4A was "Radar-2" not an optical satellite while IGS-4B was Optical-3-Demo, not a radar satellite.
IGS-5A launched on Nov 28, 2009 was Optical-3.
AFAIU, the "Optical-4" launched this morning would correspond to "IGS-6A"
« Last Edit: 09/23/2011 08:01 AM by input~2 »

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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #50 on: 09/23/2011 08:16 AM »
Two objects have now been catalogued by Stratcom, 11050A/37813 & 11050B/37814, albeit without public orbital elements

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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #51 on: 09/23/2011 12:43 PM »
Yomiuri online quotes "about 60 cm" for the maximum resolution of "Optical-4", the same as Optical-3.
According to the article a radar satellite is scheduled to be launched this year, and another one next year
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/science/news/20110923-OYT1T00346.htm


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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #53 on: 09/23/2011 03:07 PM »
Thanks Rui & Fuji for the launch coverage (since I was sleeping  :) )
And for the updates from our other friends. :)

Congrats to the teams for a successful launch & deploy!
Best wishes to Jules Bianchi for a speedy recovery after the F1 crash at Suzuka

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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #54 on: 09/24/2011 05:16 PM »
According to Stratcom,Object A (presumably Optical-4) is in the following orbit:
589km x 590km x 97.69 Period 96.47 minutes
Object B (which could be the H-2A second stage) is in the following orbit:
564km x 591km x 97.65 Period 96.23 minutes

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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #56 on: 09/26/2011 11:47 PM »
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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
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Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
« Reply #58 on: 12/10/2011 05:01 PM »
According to Stratcom,Object A (presumably Optical-4) is in the following orbit:
589km x 590km x 97.69 Period 96.47 minutes
Object B (which could be the H-2A second stage) is in the following orbit:
564km x 591km x 97.65 Period 96.23 minutes
Now:
  • Object A is IGS-6A (no orbital data)
  • Object B is H-2A 2nd stage in 563 x 589 km x 97.65 Period 96.18 minutes
  • Object C & Object D are indicated as H-2A debris (Radar Cross Sections of 0.003)

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    Re: H-2A (F-19) - IGS (Optical-4) - September 23, 2011
    « Reply #59 on: 12/10/2011 09:47 PM »
         Do we have a better launch pic than the one above?  I'm not talking hi-res - fat chance! - just...better.  The JAXA site has nothing about F19, as far as I can tell.

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