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ASTRO E

M-V

Institute of Space and Astronautical Science

Launch Status
Failure

Mission

ASTRO E

Type: Astrophysics

Astro E is a X-ray astronomy satellite bulit as a joint effort of NASA and the Japanese space agency ISAS. Observing the X-ray spectrum of the distant universe, Astro-E was to open a new window into the workings of black holes, neutron stars, active galaxies, and other very energetic objects. Astro E was lost in a launch vehicle failure in February 2000, but a repeat Astro E2 (renamed Suzaku after successful launch) was built to conduct the mission. It was launched in July 2005 aboard a Japanese improved M-5 rocket.

Location

M-V Pad

Uchinoura Space Center, Japan

43 rockets have launched from Uchinoura Space Center, Japan.

M-V Pad, Uchinoura Space Center, Japan

Rocket

M-V – IHI Corporation

  • Family: Mu
  • Length: 30.8 m
  • Diameter: 2.5 m
  • Launch Mass: 137 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 1800 kg

The M-V was manufactured by IHI Corporation with the first launch on 1997-02-12. M-V has 6 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 7 launches. The M-V rocket also called Mu-5 was a Japanese solid-fuel rocket designed to launch scientific satellites.

Agency

Institute of Space and Astronautical Science – ISAS

  • Type: Government
  • Abbreviation: ISAS
  • Launchers: Lambda
  • Country: JPN

ISAS is a Japanese national research organization of astrophysics using rockets, astronomical satellites and interplanetary probes which played a major role in Japan’s space development.

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