Arase (satellite)

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Arase
Mission type Astronomy
Operator JAXA
COSPAR ID 2016-080A
SATCAT № 41896
Spacecraft properties
Bus SPRINT
Launch mass ~350 kg
Power ≧700 W
Start of mission
Launch date 11:00:00, December 20, 2016 (UTC) (2016-12-20T11:00:00Z)
Rocket Epsilon
Launch site Uchinoura
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Perigee ~460 km
Apogee ~32110 km
Inclination ~31 degrees
Period ~565 minutes
Instruments
  • Extremely high-energy electron sensor (XEP-e)
  • High-energy particle sensor - electron (HEP-e)
  • Medium-energy particle sensor - electron (MEP-e)
  • Low-energy particle sensor - electro (LEP-e)
  • Medium-energy particle - ion (MEP-i)
  • Low-energy particle - ion (LEP-i)
  • Magnetic Field Experiment (MGF)
  • Plasma Wave Experiment (PWE)
  • Software Wave-Particle Interaction Analyzer (S-WPIA)

Arase, formerly known as Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG), is a scientific satellite to study the Van Allen belts. It was developed by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of JAXA.

It was launched aboard Epsilon launch vehicle at 11:00:00, 20 December 2016 UTC into apogee height 32250 km, perigee 214 km orbit. Subsequent perigee-up operation moved its orbit to apogee 32110 km, perigee 460 km of 565 minutes period.[1]

Spacecraft[edit]

The Arase spacecraft is the second satellite based on SPRINT bus, after Hisaki (SPRINT-A). Arase weighs about 350 kg, measures about 1.5 m × 1.5 m × 2.7 m at launch.[2] Once in orbit, it will extend four solar panels, two 5 m masts, and four 15 m wire antennae.[2] The spacecraft is spin-stabilized at 7.5 rpm (8 seconds).[2]

Planned mission duration is one year of scientific observation, with extension if possible.[2]

Instruments[edit]

Arase carries following instruments:[2]

  • XEP-e (Extremely high-energy electron sensor)[3]
  • HEP-e (High-energy particle sensor - electron)
  • MEP-e (Medium-energy particle sensor - electron)
  • LEP-e (Low-energy particle sensor - electro)
  • MEP-i (Medium-energy particle - ion)
  • LEP-i (Low-energy particle - ion)
  • MGF (Magnetic Field Experiment)
  • PWE (Plasma Wave Experiment)
  • S-WPIA (Software Wave-Particle Interaction Analyzer)

MGF is located at the end of 5 m extended mast.[2]

PWE consists of a search coil (PWE-MSC) located at the end of another 5 m exteded mast, four 15 m wire antennae (PWE-WPT), and associated electronics unit (PWE-E).[2]

S-WPIA will analyze the data obtained by other instruments.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ジオスペース探査衛星「あらせ」(ERG)の軌道変更運用(近地点高度上昇)の完了について (in Japanese). JAXA. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h プレスキット/2016年11月18日(木) (PDF) (in Japanese). November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG)". JAXA. 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 

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