Press Release

  This press release is issued by NASDA.


Launch Result of ADEOS-II/H-IIA F4

December 14, 2002 (JST)

National Space Development Agency of Japan

The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) launched the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite-II (ADEOS-II) by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 4 (H-IIA F4) at 10:31 a.m. on December 14, 2002 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The initial azimuth of H-IIA F4 was 122 degrees.
H-IIA F4 flight went normally, and it was confirmed that ADEOS-II was successfully separated in 16 minutes and 31 seconds after liftoff.

The Kourou Tracking Station of the Center National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) in French Guiana started receiving signals from ADEOS-II at 11:33 a.m. and confirmed that the solar array paddle deployment through the signals.
ADEOS-II is nicknamed 'Midori II'.

NASDA would like to express our sincere appreciation for cooperation and support of all related people and organizations for the launch of H-IIA F4.

For your information, the weather at the time of launch was sunny, the wind was 3.7m/sec ( north-east), and the temperature was 14.6 degrees in Celsius.