Central District, SEIDAIKEI (DFNS) - Scientists and technicians of the Daikoku Federation has successfully sent the scientific probe DFS-3 Kanata into a trajectory to the moon on Saturday evening, the Daikoku Federation News Service reported.
Unmei-2 carrier rocket with payload DFS-3 Kanata was launched on October 19, 2013, 19:54 hours from the Ryokou Space Center by scientists and technicians of the 2nd South Urbonian Guards Regiment of the Federal Defense Force.
Unmei-2 carrier rocket, a two-stage and 59,900 kg. rocket and a modification of the Unmei-1 carrier rocket, was launched towards an inclination of 90 degrees in order to insert its payload into its preset orbit.
The four strap-on liquid-fuel boosters, a modification from the Unmei-1's two strap-on boosters, separated from the rocket two minutes and five seconds after launch and crashed into the sea 50 km. east of the Ryokou Space Center.
The first stage and the payload fairing of the rocket separated at four minutes and ten seconds after launch and crashed into the sea 200 km. east of the Ryokou Space Center, with the second stage inserting the payload into its preset orbit 15 minutes and 36 seconds later after a coast to apogee and burn.
The carrier rocket successfully inserted DFS-3 Kanata scientific probe into a 100.59 x 99.99 km. orbit at 20:09:36 hours, 15 minutes and 36 seconds after launch.
With the DFS-3 Kanata probe in orbit, preparations for inserting the payload into a trajectory to the moon were made, and at 20:41 hours, the second stage was fired again in order to insert the payload into the desired trajectory. The burn lasted for three minutes.
The DFS-3 Kanata probe is now currently in a trajectory to the moon. It is expected that two more burns are to be made in order to slow down the payload and insert it into its commissioning orbit of 7 km. above the lunar surface.
It is also expected that once reaching commissioning orbit, a lander is to be landed on the lunar surface.
The scientists and technicians also reported that the payload is in good status, and it will reach lunar orbit after eight hours.