Press Release


Solar Array Paddle (PDL) Sun Tracking Status of the Advanced Land Observing Satellite "Daichi" (ALOS)

January 24, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the sun tracking for the satellite solar array paddle (PDL) of the Daichi is normal through signals received from the Daichi at the Perth station in Australia. Its power generation is also normal. The station started receiving the signals at 12:31 p.m. (Japan Standard Time, JST) at the time of the revolution.
JAXA launched "Daichi" on the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 8 from the Tanegashima Space Center at 10:33 a.m. on January 24, 2006 (JST.)

PDL deployment images are shown in the attached sheets.
The next press release is scheduled to be issued at around 8:00 p.m. on January 24 (JST.)

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ALOS Solar Array Paddle

<Deployment Monitor PDL 1>

<Deployment Monitor PDL 2>

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