Press Release


Deployment of the High-Gain Antenna

September 15, 2007 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the deployment of the high-gain antenna of the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) had been successfully performed through telemetry data received at 6:52 p.m. on September 14, 2007 (Japan Standard Time, JST.) The high-gain antenna plays a key role in communications between the satellite and the Earth.
We have also acquired image data taken by the KAGUYA onboard camera at 10:53 p.m. (JST.)
The satellite is currently in good health.
An image of the high-gain antenna deployment taken by the onboard camera is attached below. We are preparing for the satellite injection into lunar orbit, and you can check our operation status in the following Special Site:


<High-gain antenna deployment image>

(High-gain antenna deployment image)
*The right side is the SOL-BC (part of the X-ray spectrometer.)