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Kizuna

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2008-007A

Description

Kizuna, also known by its pre-launch name of WINDS (Wideband InterNetworking engineering Demonstration Satellite) is a Japanese (JAXA) geostationary, technology demonstration craft that was launched by a H-2A rocket from Tanegashima island at 08:55 UT on 23 February 2008. The 4,850 kg (2,450 kg dry) craft is reported to carry an ultra-fast, 1.2 Gbps direct-to-home downlink in Ka-band, via two multi-beam antennas, one for Japan and the other covering several southeast Asian cities. It also carries an Active Phased Array Antenna (APAA) which can change the beam direction rapidly.

For more details, see http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f14/index_e.html

Alternate Names

  • 32500
  • WINDS
  • 2008-007A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2008-02-23
Launch Vehicle: H-2A
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan
Mass: 2450 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown Japan

Discipline

  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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

 

Personnel

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