Press Release


Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) Launch Delay

July 22, 2005 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to advise about the launch postponement of the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS), whose launch was scheduled in the summer of 2005.

The reason for the delay is as follows:
JAXA found an anomaly in the Infrared Imaging Surveyor Satellite (ASTRO-F) during ground tests. The ASTRO-F is also scheduled to be launched within the 2005 Japanese fiscal year. In the course of the investigation of the anomaly, JAXA found that a foreign object was mixed in the satellite's transistors. While the transistors of the ASTRO-F were being replaced, JAXA checked all its other satellites.
As a result, we found that the ALOS, which was scheduled to be launched this summer, is also equipped with the same transistors that were manufactured in the same timeframe as the one installed in the ASTRO-F. Although the ALOS transistors are currently working properly, it is a high possibility that they also contain a foreign object. Therefore, JAXA decided to replace the ALOS transistors to make sure of the success of the mission.
The ALOS launch scheduled for this summer was postponed in order to secure the necessary time for the replacement.

For inquiries:
JAXA Public Affairs Department
Tel: +81-3-6266-6413 to 7, Fax: +81-3-6266-6910