Press Release


Solar Array Paddle Deployment of the 21st Scientific Satellite "Akari"

February 22, 2006 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has confirmed the successful deployment of the solar array paddle (PDL) of the 21st Scientific Satellite "Akari" through telemetry data that has been received at the Santiago Station since 8:46 a.m. (Japan Standard Time, JST.)

The "Akari" was launched by the M-V Launch Vehicle No. 8 (M-V-8) at 6:28 a.m. on February 22, 2006 (JST) from the Uchinoura Space Center (USC.)

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