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This spacecraft houses the following three X-ray astronomy experiments: (1) a large area proportional counter array; (2) an all-sky monitor; and, (3) a gamma-ray burst detector. The spacecraft provides a three-axis stabilized platform. The primary mission objective was the study of the time variability of X-rays from active galaxies such as Seyfert galaxies, BL Lac objects, and quasars. Accurate timing analysis of galactic X-ray sources was also planned.

Alternate Names

  • 17480
  • Ginga

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1987-02-05
Launch Vehicle: M-3S2-3
Launch Site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Mass: 400 kg

Funding Agency

  • Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science, U of Tokyo (Japan)


  • Astronomy

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Fumiyoshi MakinoProject ManagerInstitute of Space and Aeronautical Science
Prof. Sigenori MiyamotoProject ScientistOsaka University

US Active Archive for Ginga Information/Data

The Ginga Archive at HEASARC

Other Sources of Ginga Information/Data

Ginga Satellite Research/Operations Main Page at ISAS
The Ginga Data Archives at Leicester

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