Press Release

Launch Result, Epsilon-3 with ASNARO-2 aboard

January 18, 2018 (JST)

National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

At 6:06:11 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) January 18, 2018, JAXA launched Epsilon-3, the third Epsilon launch vehicle which encapsulates NEC Small radar satellite "ASNARO-2", from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The launch occurred on time.
The launch and flight of Epsilon-3 took place normally. Approximately 52 minutes 35 seconds into the flight, the separation of ASNARO-2 proceeded, with confirmation as successful.
JAXA expresses appreciation for the support by all.



Epsilon-3 Launch Sequence (Quick Review)

EventActual value (Quick review) *1
1. Liftoff 0 min. 0 sec.
2. First stage solid motor burnout *2 1 min. 48 sec.
3. Payload fairing separation 2 min. 31 sec.
4. First and second stages separation 2 min. 41 sec.
5. Second stage solid motor ignition *3 2 min. 45 sec.
6. Second stage solid motor burnout *2 4 min. 54 sec.
7. Second and Third stages separation 6 min. 30 sec.
8. Third stage solid motor ignition *3 6 min. 34 sec.
9. Third stage solid motor burnout *2 8 min. 5 sec.
10. PBS*3 Separation from Epsilon third stage 9 min. 54 sec.
11. PBS first ignition *4
12. PBS first burnout 20 min. 30 sec.
13. PBS second ignition *4
14. PBS second burnout 50 min. 17 sec.
15. ASNARO-2 separation 52 min. 35 sec.

*1 Preliminary value prior to data validation
*2 Determined by the chamber combustion pressure drop to 5% level of the max.
*3 PBS: Post Boost Stage
*4 Data not available



For more information regarding Epsilon-3 and ASNARO-2, go to:
http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/rockets/epsilon/index.html

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