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Japanese scientists unfold huge antennae on country's largest satellite

Japanese scientists unfold huge antennae on country's largest satellite

Japan's space agency successfully unfolded a key antenna on a newly launched satellite _ the country's largest _ after a technical glitch hampered previous attempts, officials said.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, had been unable to deploy one of two antennae aboard the Kiku No. 8 communication satellite on Monday after a release mechanism failed to operate properly, according to JAXA official Masanori Suzuki.
After a more than 24-hour delay, the 17-meter (56-foot) antenna unfolded successfully late Tuesday, JAXA said in a statement.
JAXA launched the Kiku No. 8, the country's largest satellite to date, on a domestically developed H2-A rocket on Dec. 18.
The plans 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 : 2021-04-13 16:45 GMT+08:00