RYOKOU SPACE CENTER (DFNS) - Scientists and technicians of the Daikoku Federation has successfully launched experimental satellite DFS-4 TESTAMENT on carrier rocket Unmei-3 on Saturday afternoon, the Daikoku Federation News Service reported
Unmei-3 carrier rocket with payload experimental satellite DFS-4 TESTAMENT was launched on November 9, 2013, 13:22:30 hours from the Ryokou Space Center by scientists and technicians of the 2nd South Urbonian Guards Regiment of the Federal Defense Force.
Unmei-3 carrier rocket, a two-stage and 83,200 kg. rocket was launched towards an heading of 180 degrees in order to insert its payload into its preset orbit.
The first stage and the payload fairing of the rocket separated at four minutes and 30 seconds after launch and crashed into the sea 300 km. south of the Ryokou Space Center, with the second stage inserting the payload into its initial orbit of 200 km x 200 km 10 minutes and 30 seconds later after a coast to apogee, burn and engine shutdown.
The second stage re-ignited again 11 minutes after launch in order to insert DFS-4 TESTAMENT to its commissioning orbit.
The payload entered its commissioning orbit at 13:24:10 hours, 11 minutes and 40 seconds after launch. The payload separated from the second stage one minute and twenty seconds later and began spacecraft commissioning.
DFS-4 TESTAMENT is now orbiting the Earth at a polar orbit with an apogee of 1,500 km. and perigee of 100.3 km., an orbital period of one hour, 11 minutes and 57 seconds and inclination of 89.6 degrees at a speed of 2.6 kilometer per second.
The mission name, DFS-4 TESTAMENT, means Test of Existing Satellite Technology and Mission for Experiments for New Technology.
The satellite is fitted with instruments which makes communications and research possible. It is currently transmitting the anthem of the federation "Song of Great Daikoku", readings on the current status of the satellite, and images of the Earth. It had also performed maneuvers using its reaction control systems to aim its imaging systems.
The government of the Daikoku Federation hailed the launch as "another success for the scientific endeavor of our Federation in space" and it shall serve as the "grounds for further scientific missions for the understanding of space."