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B ASTRO-H failure/anomaly

  1. Mar 28, 2016 #1

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    A bad start to a very promising mission.
    http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/astro_h/topics.html#topics7238
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/satellite-may-be-lost-in-space-japan-space-agency/

    And in an unrelated mission fiasco.
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/rockets/a20044/exomars-narrow-escape-launch-disaster/

    I have been very interested in the ASTRO-H mission since before the launch, hope they can recover contact.
    The situation gets even more convoluted...
    https://twitter.com/JAXA_en
    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/bad-news-for-jaxas-hitomi-observatory-28032016/
     
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  3. Mar 28, 2016 #2

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    This is disappointing, but they might ~possibly~ recover it. Reminds me of the Mars Climate Orbiter.
     
  4. Mar 28, 2016 #3

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    My fingers are crossed but reports of "break up" are coming in, sounds like JAXA isn't writing it off yet so we will have to see how it goes, I hate to see an instrument like this go to the graveyard.
     
  5. Mar 28, 2016 #4

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    Definitely! We'll see how it goes. Didn't they have trouble with the launching, too, because of weather?
     
  6. Mar 29, 2016 #5

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    I believe ASTRO-H(HITOMI) had a short delay because of a boat down range, not unlike one of the Falcon launch aborts recently. The next launch which was a telecommunications satellite and was held up several days because of weather.
     
  7. May 31, 2016 #6

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  8. May 31, 2016 #7

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  9. May 31, 2016 #8

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    The more I read about it the harder it gets to believe... So many fiascos, three passes ignored while it asked for input, so many opportunities to salvage the mission, now just more "space junk". The data that "scope" could have provided would have been so important. :frown:
     
  10. May 31, 2016 #9

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  11. May 31, 2016 #10

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    no, it was weather .....

    Feb. 12, 2016 Updated
    The X-ray Astronomy Satellite "ASTRO-H" launch postponement

    H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.30 with the X-ray Astronomy Satellite "ASTRO-H" onboard, which was originally scheduled for February 12 (Fri.), 2016 (Japan Standard Time), has been rescheduled because bad weather is expected. The new launch day will be announced as soon as it is determined. Your warm support messages are welcomed at the support site.

    Feb. 14, 2016 Updated
    ASTRO-H Launch rescheduled to 5:45 p.m. on Feb 17 (Wed. ,JST)

    The launch of the The X-ray Astronomy Satellite "ASTRO-H" by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 30 was rescheduled at 5:45 p.m. on Feb 17 (Wed. Japan Standard Time, JST) after carefully studying the weather conditions.


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  12. May 31, 2016 #11

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    :headbang: Bad case of launch confusion, sorry about that. :smile:
     
  13. May 31, 2016 #12

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    tis all good ... I live in the "State of Confusion " :-p
     
  14. May 31, 2016 #13

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    Looks like we're neighbors then! I've been told by friends that I belong on Bewilderment Boulevard ..... wherever that is :rolleyes:
     
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