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Hinotori





Hinotori
A Japanese satellite, launched by ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science), principally to investigate X-rays from the Sun. It carried high-resolution soft (longer wavelength) X-ray spectrometers and hard (shorter wavelength) X-ray instruments that obtained the first images of solar flares at energies above 25 keV, and also observed celestial X-ray bursts. Hinotori, which means "phoenix," was known before launch as Astro-A (see also Astro- series).


launch date Feb. 21, 1981
launch vehicle M-3S
launch site Kagoshima
orbit 576 × 644 × 31°
mass 188 kg


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   • X-ray satellites


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   • JAPANESE SPACECRAFT
   • SATELLITES AND SPACE PROBES
   • JAPAN IN SPACE