XARM accepted by NASA and JAXA

Both agencies which were involved in the project of Hitomi (Astro-H) satellite decided to create replacement for one of the most advanced  X-ray astronomy satellite in recent years. To remind, mission of the Hitomi finished with disaster of the satellite few weeks after launch. Problems with Astro-H (Hitomi) satellite started few weeks after launch from  Tanegashima Space […]

Astro-H replacement in 2020 !

It is highly possible that JAXA will decide to create in the cooperation with NASA replacement for lost Hitomi (Astro-H) satellite. According to Twitter profile of Naoki Okumura, President of JAXA, Agency already requested for additional funds for Astro-H2, replacement of Astro-H,  in next, 2017 fiscal year (in Japan fiscal year lasts from  1 April to […]

Last success of Hitomi !

Ended prematurely mission of Japanese research satellite Hitomi proves that even short scientific space mission could bring important discovery. Before its failure on March 26, 2016, Hitomi managed to gather significant data using its scientific payload.  Who dares wins – this should be new motto for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Developing mission of Hitomi satellite (known also […]

Good bye Hitomi !

JAXA had to reconcile with sad truth – Hitomi became space debris. This is surely not good news for all organizations, which were participating in Astro-H program, but mostly for JAXA. Their most significant research satellite, which was example of JAXA ability to design, manufacture and operate large and expensive research satellites, became useless before […]

Hitomi problems explained !

Astro-H (Hitomi) is still tumbling, but at least it is known why. Case of Astro-H (named Hitomi) seems to be far away from the lucky end. JAXA still is trying to contact with spacecraft which probably came apart during flight on 26 March 2016 at around 01:20 GMT while satellite remained on altitude of 575 km. Since […]

Astro-H chance to recover stable flight and communication is low

It seems that chances for recovering control and stabilizing flight of Astro-H satellite are shrinking proportionally to number of debris which is separating from satellite. First signals about debris flying off from Hitomi (Astro-H) seemed to be sad prelude for progressive disintegration of Japanese x-ray observation satellite. Spotted and announced on Twitter by Joint Space Operations […]

Astro-H still tumbles, communication attempts failed

JAXA still is not able to recover communication with their Astro-H satellite. According to latest statement from 29 March 2016 published on official JAXA site, Astro-H is still tumbling and remains out of control of ground control centers. Two attempts of contacting with satellite were unsuccessful; first was performed by Uchinoura control station. This station […]

Astro-H started to generate debris !

Remaining silent Japanese X-ray observation satellite Astro-H generates debris; chances for the resumption of communication are low. According to Joint Space Operations Center tweet, problems with Astro-H are not only connected with communication problems. In spite of fact, that Astro-H is not responding to ground control station, satellite started to generate debris. For the first time it was spotted […]

Astro-H lost communication with ground control center

Recently launched Japanese X-ray observation satellite lost communication with Earth on 26 March 2016 and its state is unknown. JAXA first bitter pill in 2016 – their hi-tech X-ray observation satellite designed for deep space observation seemed to not work as it was planned. Astro-H was launched on February 17, 2016 on atop H-IIA rocket […]

Astro-H successfully launched !

Jaxa confirmed that yesterday successfully launched their X-ray space observation satellite from Tanegashima Space Center. Mission of Japanese X-ray observation satellite for astronomical purposes started yesterday at 09:45 GMT. This time weather was perfect, and in morning sun H-IIA rocket, supported by four solid fueled boosters, lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center. After only one minute, weighting […]