Press Release


Launch Result of "Daichi" (ALOS) / H-IIA F8

January 24, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 8 (H-IIA F8) with the Advanced Land Observing Satellite "Daichi"(ALOS) onboard was launched at 10:33 a.m. on January 24, 2006 (Japan Standard Time, JST.) The initial flight angle (azimuth) was 115 degrees.
The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at 16 minutes and 30 seconds after liftoff, the Daichi separation was confirmed.
The Perth first mobile station in Australia started receiving signals from the ALOS at 10:52 a.m. (JST), and by those signals, JAXA confirmed that the solar array paddle deployment was successfully completed.
We would like to express our profound appreciation for the cooperation and support of all related personnel and organizations that helped contribute to the successful launch of the H-IIA F8.

H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.8 Launch Sequence
(Quick Review)

EventActual value
(Quick review)*1
Scheduled value*2
(Predicted value based on actual measurement data)
1. Liftoff
2. Solid strap-on booster (SSB) ignition
3. Solid rocket booster (SRB-A) burnout
4. Solid rocket booster (SRB-A) jettison
5. Solid strap-on booster (SSB) jettison
6. Payload fairing jettison
7. Main engine cutoff (MECO)
8. 1st and 2nd stages separation
9. Second stage engine ignition (SEIG)
10. Second stage engine cutoff (SECO)
11. ALOS separation
0 second
10 seconds
1 min. and 51 sec.
2 min. and 6 sec.
2 min. and 9 sec.
4 min. and 23 sec.
6 min. and 39 sec.
6 min. and 47 sec.
6 min and 56 sec.
15 min. and 40 sec.
16 min. and 30 sec
0 second
10 seconds
1 min. and 56 sec.
2 min. and 7 sec.
2 min. 8 sec.
4 min. 20 sec.
6 min. 35 sec.
6 min. 43 sec.
6 min. 49 sec.
15 min. 35 sec.
16 min. 25 sec.
(*1) The values are based on quick report results without detailed data evaluation.
(*2) The values are updated ones based on actual measurement data such as thrust characteristics which are unique for the H-IIA F8 engines. Therefore they are slightly different from the values in the Launch/Tracking and Control Plan.

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