Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) performed the separation operation of one of the onboard baby satellites, the VRAD (Very Long Baseline Interferometer) Satellite* of the "KAGUYA" (SELENE.) The VRAD satellite was released at 1:28 p.m. on October 12, 2007 (Japan Standard Time, JST). The KAGUYA is a lunar explorer that was launched by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 13 (H-IIA F13) on September 14, 2007, (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. Both the KAGUYA and VRAD satellite are confirmed to be in good health.
Images of the separation of the VRAD satellite taken by the KAGUYA onboard camera are shown in Attachment.
The other baby satellite, the Relay satellite, and the VRAD satellite are respectively nicknamed "OKINA" meaning an "honorable elderly man" and "OUNA" meaning an "honorable elderly woman."**
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