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SPRINT-A (HISAKI)

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SPRINT-A (HISAKI) is classified as:


NORAD ID: 39253
Int'l Code: 2013-049A
Perigee: 958.9 km
Apogee: 1,162.3 km
Inclination: 29.7 °
Period: 106.3 minutes
Semi major axis: 7431 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: September 14, 2013
Source: Japan (JPN)

SPRINT-A stands for the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere. The satellite was manufactured by NEC Corp. Keeping with the JAXA tradition of renaming satellites after launch, officials christened the 767 pound (348 kg) observatory Hisaki after a cape near the mission's launch site in Kagoshima prefecture. Hisaki also translates to "beyond the sun" in English. Hisaki's one-year mission is to observe the atmospheres of Mars and Venus, along with the immense magnetic field of Jupiter, to study how the planets respond to the solar wind, a stream of charged particles coming from the sun. The craft's 20 centimeter, or 7.9 inch, ultraviolet telescope and will peer at Mars and Venus to help researchers learn how the solar wind can strip a planet's atmosphere, prompting drastic climate changes and eradicating any life that may have existed there.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 39253U 13049A   15212.58542262  .00000052  00000-0 -19714-4 0  9998
2 39253 029.7192 252.9500 0136854 216.2872 142.8352 13.55121981 93038

Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC

N2YO: 280