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Delay of Astro-E2 Launch
It is quite unfortunate but we have to announce that Astro-E2
launch scheduled in February 2005 will be delayed.
It is not due to any problems in Astro-E2 or its launcher
M-V-6, but due to the solid rocket booster (SRB) problem which caused
the failure of the H-IIA-6 launch last year. Under a situation that
the solid rocket team of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and
the industry partners have to share the tasks between the resumption
of the SRB and the preparation of the M-V-6 launch, JAXA has decided
to concentrate the whole resources to take necessary steps to launch
an improved H-IIA rocket in this winter with enough confidence. JAXA
will make the best efforts to launch Astro-E2 as early as
possible in the next Japanese fiscal year. The integration test
currently going on will be completed by December 2004 as has been
scheduled and the satellite will be held at that stage until the new
start of flight operation. The guest observer program (AO-1) planned
to be started from September 2005 will have to be also delayed.
Project Manager Hajime Inoue
Project Scientist Hideyo Kunieda
See the official statement from JAXA.
ISAS/JAXA Department of High Energy Astrophysics
Last Modified: Thursday, 18-Nov-2004 15:31:35 JST