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Japan's largest satellite fails to unfold antenna

Japan's largest satellite fails to unfold antenna

A key antenna on Japan's largest satellite has failed to unfold successfully due to a technical glitch, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Tuesday.
JAXA officials tried to deploy the transmission antenna aboard the Kiku No. 8 communication satellite, but halted work after a release mechanism failed to operate properly, according to agency official Masanori Suzuki.
The reception antenna unfolded successfully, but the communications satellite will not work until both antennas are operable, Suzuki said.
The agency planned another attempt to deploy the problematic antenna later Tuesday.
JAXA launched the country's largest satellite to date, the Kiku No. 8, on a domestically developed H2-A rocket on Dec. 18.
The agency had planned to use the Kiku for telecommunications and to conduct sensitive measurements of time, calibrating a high-precision clock onboard with similar clocks on the ground.


Updated : 2021-06-13 18:21 GMT+08:00