About Engineering Test Satellite III "KIKU-4" (ETS-III)
KIKU-4(ETS-III) was developed to acquire data for designing earth observation satellites with high power requirements. Also, KIKU-4 completed testing of three-axis Attitude Control, deployable solar panels, movable heat control and ion engine operation. On March 8,1985,Kiku ran out of fuel for the Attitude Control and finished its operation.
|International Designation Code||1981-012A|
|Launch Vehicle||N-I Launch Vehicle (N9F)|
|Launch Site||Tanegashima Space Center|
|Orbit||1,000km(alt.) circular/45deg. inclination/107 min. period|
|Dimensions||Box shaped with attached deployable solar panels|
|Attitude Control||Three-axis stabilization|