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Astro-E was launched by the M-V-4 rocket from the Kagoshima
Space Center of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
at 10:30(JST) on February 10, 2000.
However, there was a malfunction of the first stage motor.
The satellite could not pick up the necessary speed for a circular
orbit. The detail report
can be found in the ISAS Web page.
We would like to express our appreciation to the people who
supported us, have been interested in the Astro-E mission, and
those who have sent us thoughtful emails after the failure. It
is a great loss not only for us, who spent more than 6 years
for the preparation of Astro-E, but also for the X-ray community
around the world.
We believe the science we wanted to research with the high
resolution spectroscopy and broad band spectal observations will
still be an important science several years from now. Thus, we
are going to propose to launch a satellite just as Astro-E or
an Astro-E-like mission as soon as possible. Of course, there
are difficulties in building an M-V rocket and in getting the
budget from Japanese government.
We would like to ask for your continuous support in our effort
to get Astro-E-II. This page will be kept in order to show (1)
general description of Astro-E, (2) Record of the pre-flight
activity, and (3) Future plan for Astro-E-II. Please keep watching.
ISAS/JAXA Department of High Energy Astrophysics
Last Modified: Sunday, 05-Oct-2003 19:56:12 JST