March 1, 2008 Updated
"KIZUNA"Completion of the Critical Operation Phase
JAXA completed the critical operation phase of the KIZUNA (WINDS,) whose multi-beam antennas had been successfully deployed, at 8:35 p.m. on March 1 (JST.)
We will further maneuver the orbit from the drift orbit to the geostationary orbit (at about 143 degrees east longitude) sometime around March 14. We will also carry out the initial functional verification of the onboard equipment for about four months.