According to the Japanese Aerospace Agency (JAXA), the launch of the Epsilon 5 rocket carrying Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite will have to wait a little longer.
On October 7, the launch event of Epsilon No. 5 rocket carrying Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite and 8 other satellites had to be postponed due to adverse weather factors. This is the second time the launch of the rocket carrying the NanoDragon satellite has been delayed.
Before the attention of the media, the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) – the unit in charge of the launch of the Epsilon No. 5 rocket recently announced the launch time of the Epsilon No. 5 rocket carrying the satellite of the program “Creative satellite technology demonstration 2”.
According to this announcement, not only the launch ceremony on October 7, the weather conditions at Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture (Japan) in the near future are not suitable for launching Epsilon No. 5 rocket.
|Model of Epsilon No. 5 rocket and NanoDragon satellite. (Photo: Trong Dat)|
In addition, according to the Japan Aerospace Agency, the No. 5 Epsilon rocket and No. 44 H-IIA rocket (also of Japan) share some launch devices. Therefore, the new launch schedule of Epsilon No. 5 will be announced as soon as Japan successfully launches H-IIA missile No. 44. According to the plan, the expected launch date of H-IIA missile No. 44 is October 25. .
Epsilon No. 5 rocket carrying the NanoDragon satellite “Made in Vietnam” was manufactured by scientists from the Vietnam Space Center and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.
NanoDragon is a cubesat, nano-class satellite. This satellite weighs about 4kg with dimensions of 3U (100 x 100 x 340.5 mm). The whole process of research, design, integration, and functional testing of NanoDragon satellite is completely done in Vietnam, by research staff of Vietnam Space Center (VNSC).
|Layout diagram of Cubesat satellites on Epsilon No. 5 rocket.|
NanoDragon is expected to operate in a solar synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 560 km. The NanoDragon satellite was developed with the aim of demonstrating that it is possible to use micro-satellite beam technology to receive automatic identification system (AIS) signals used for vehicle tracking and monitoring purposes. convenience at sea.
In the field of space technology, safety requirements must always be kept at an absolute level. This is why when something unusual is detected, the rocket launch is forced to stop. With the latest announcement from JAXA, it will take a while longer for Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite to be put into space.
Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite delayed the 2nd launch
According to the original plan, the NanoDragon satellite will be launched into orbit at about 8 am this morning at the Uchinoura Space Center launch site in Kagoshima Prefecture (Japan).