GMS-5/SFU info

From: Yoshiro Yamada <yamada_at_ysc.go.jp>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 1995 01:18:48 -0500
From NASDA PRESS RELEASE:

MANEUVER FOR OPERATION ATTITUDE OF "HIMAWARI-5" (GMS-5)
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21:00 (JST)
March 19, 1995
NASDA GMS-5/H-II TF#3
TRACKING & CONTROL TEAM

NASDA completed the control to maneuver "HIMAWARI-5" (GMS-5) to its
operational attitude as planned. "HIMAWARI-5" is normal.

The orbit is as follows:

Apogee Altitude: 36427 km
Perigee Altitude: 34593 km
Orbital Inclination: 1.1 degree
Period: 23 h 42 m
Drift Rate: 3.3 degree/day(East)

"HIMAWARI-5" will be injected into the temporary geostationary
orbit (160 deg East longitude) around March 20 and some functions
of on-board equipment will be conformed on that orbit.

Around middle of June, "HIMAWARI-5" will bw transferred to the final
geostationary orbit (140 deg East longitude).

MISSION ORBIT DETERMINATION OF THE SPACE FLYER UNIT (SFU)
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March 24, 1995
NASDA HQ, TOKYO

SFU was confirmed to have maneuvered to the mission orbit using
its Orbit Change Thruster (OCT) at 14:49 (JST=UTC+9h) on March 23,
1995 and is functioning normally.

The mission orbit determination is as follows:

Altitude: 486 km
^^ not attitude
Orbit Inclination: 28.46 deg
Period: 1 h 34 m

SFU will conduct planned experiments and observations using
on-board equipment during this mission.

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Yoshiro Yamada                            | tel    : +81-45-832-1166
Astronomy Section                         | fax    : +81-45-832-1161
      Yokohama Science Center             | e-mail : yamada@ysc.go.jp
5-2-1 Yokodai Isogo-ku                    |
Yokohama 235, JAPAN                       |
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