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WINDS (KIZUNA)

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WINDS (KIZUNA) is classified as:


NORAD ID: 32500
Int'l Code: 2008-007A
Perigee: 35,783.0 km
Apogee: 35,804.2 km
Inclination: 1.4 °
Period: 1,436.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 42164 km
RCS: 14.142 m2 (large)
Launch date: February 23, 2008
Source: Japan (JPN)
Launch site: TANEGASHIMA SPACE CENTER (TNSTA)

Built to help bring broadband Internet services into underserved households and businesses, the Wideband Internetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite will reach both local markets in Japan and international centers across the Asia-Pacific region. Nicknamed Kizuna, the 10,692-pound satellite was expected to be released in an orbit with a high point of 22,354 miles and a low point of 155 miles. The geosynchronous transfer orbit should have an inclination of 28.5 degrees, according to prelaunch estimates. Kizuna will use its own propulsion module to gradually boost its orbit to an altitude of approximately 22,300 miles and reduce its inclination to zero degrees to enter geosynchronous orbit, where the craft's velocity will match the speed of Earth's rotation. Kizuna will be permanently parked above the equator at 143 degrees east longitude, or above the Pacific Ocean north of New Guinea.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 32500U 08007A   18054.45743007 -.00000271 +00000-0 +00000-0 0  9994
2 32500 001.3676 088.8978 0002513 256.3844 115.6555 01.00272187036461
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC