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ETS-7 -

Credit: NASDA. 6,358 bytes. 240 x 160 pixels.

Class: Technology. Nation: Japan. Agency: National Space Development Agency, Japan. Manufacturer: Toshiba Corp., Tokyo.

Technology satellite, to accomplish remote automatic rendezvous and docking.


ETS-7 Chronology

27 November 1997 Hikoboshi Launch Site: Tanegashima . Launch Vehicle: H-2. Perigee: 545 km. Apogee: 548 km. Inclination: 35.0 deg.

The Orihime and Hikoboshi satellites undocked and redocked on July 7 1998 in the FP-1 test of automated docking systems. Despite claims of the NASDA space agency that this is a first, automated Russian craft have docked on many occasions since the Kosmos-186/188 docking in 1968.


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