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Class: Technology. Nation: Japan. Agency: National Space Development Agency, Japan. Manufacturer: Toshiba Corp., Tokyo.
Technology satellite, to accomplish remote automatic rendezvous and docking.
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.
- 4 - McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Report (Internet Newsletter), Harvard University, Weekly, 1989 to Present. HTML when accessed: ftp://sao-ftp.harvard.edu/pub/jcm/space/news
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