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NewsSuccessful Launch of Shizuoka University's Ultra-Small Satellite STARS-C (Nicknamed "Hagoromo") on December 19

12/20/16

From the December 20, 2016 edition of the Shizuoka Shimbun (posted with permission from the Shizuoka Shimbun)

 Shizuoka University's ultra-small satellite STARS-C, nicknamed “Hagoromo,” was launched without incident at 5:50 PM JST on December 19 from the International Space Station (ISS).
 Around 40 people, including involved students and the Faculty of Engineering's Professor Yoshiki Yamagiwa, the manager of this project, gathered in an assembly hall and were fixed to the images being transmitted by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

 The hall erupted in jubilant cheers at the moment of the launch. On the morning of Tuesday, December 20, the Hagoromo, orbiting over Hamamatsu, transmitted its first Morse signal (the initial pass) using GPS. Shizuoka University plans to begin proof-of-concept trials for technologies to extend space tethers in about one month, in preparation for the future realization of a space elevator.


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