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Kiku 8



Kiku 8, also known by its prelaunch name of ETS 8, is a Japanese geostationary, engineering test satellite that was launched by a H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center at 06:32 UT on 18 December 2006. The 5.8 tonne (with fuel) craft carries solar panels and a pair of large wire-mesh antennas, one for transmitting and the other for receiving. The two 28 m x 25 m antennas will enable hand-held phones to communicate with another in S-band, after parking over 146° E longitude.

Alternate Names

  • 29656
  • ETS 8
  • Kiku8

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2006-12-18
Launch Vehicle: H-2A
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Japan)


  • Engineering

Additional Information

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

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