SFU (Space Flyer Unit)

Space Flyer Unit

SFU (Space Flyer Unit) was 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 20 January 1996.


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