Press Release


Global Change Observation Mission 1st – Water
Images of SHIZUKU’s Solar Array Paddle Deployment
and Orbit Calculation Result

May 18, 2012 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the solar array paddle deployment was successfully performed for the Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W1) somewhere over Australia via image data.

The images received at the Troll Station*, are attached below.

Also, we have confirmed that the SHIZUKU was inserted into the scheduled initial orbit as a result of our orbit calculation shown below.

Orbit Calculation Result
  Actual value Nominal value
Apogee Altitude 681.6 Km 682.8 Km
Perigee Altitude 670.7 Km 672.8 Km
Orbit Inclination 98.2 degerrs 98.2 degrees
Period 98.3 minutes 98.3 minutes

The satellite is currently in good health.

* Troll Station: ?a ground station on the Antarctic that belongs to Norway's Kongsbers Satellite Service (KSAT)


Solar Array Paddle Deployment

Prior to the deployment

After the deployment