Japan's ERG Mission takes Flight
Japan's Enhanced Epsilon Rocket is set for its debut mission on December 20, 2016 - lifting off from the Uchinoura Space Center with the ERG satellite that sets out to explore how electrons are accelerated and lost within Earth's magnetosphere. Sporting a number of changes compared to the original Epsilon flown in 2013, Epsilon-2 will deliver the small observatory to a highly elliptical orbit peaking over 30,000 Kilometers in altitude.
Live Video by JAXA.
|Launch Date: December 20, 2016||Mission Updates|
|Window: 11:00 - 12:00 UTC||ERG Satellite & Instruments|
|Launch Site: Uchinoura, Japan||Enhanced Epsilon Rocket|
|Launch Vehicle: Enhanced Epsilon||Flight Profile|
|Payload: ERG (365kg)|
|Ascent Duration: 13.5 Minutes|
|Target Orbit: 219 x 33,200km, 31°|