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SFU (Space Flyer Unit)




Space Flyer Unit
A Japanese satellite carrying materials science, astronomy, and biological experiments. Launched by NASDA (National Space Development Agency), it was retrieved by the Space Shuttle (STS-72) about 10 months later on Jan. 20, 1996.


launch date Mar. 18, 1995
launch vehicle H-2
launch site Tanegashima
orbit 471 × 483 km × 28.5°
mass 4,000 kg


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   • JAPANESE SPACECRAFT
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