RYOKOU SPACE CENTER (DFNS) - Scientists and technicians of the Daikoku Federation has successfully landed probe DFS-5 Shimakaze on the surface of the moon Minmus on Monday afternoon, according to the Daikoku Federation News Service. They also successfully inserted an orbiter in Minmus orbit.
DFS-5 Shimakaze arrived in Minmus orbit on December 23, 2013, 11:56 hours after the second stage of Unmei-3 carrier rocket performed a burn to slow down the probe. Initially entering at a 266.9 km. x 49.8 km. orbit, it was further lowered to a 15.5 km. x 15.3 km. orbit by another burn performed two hours after Minmus orbital insertion.
At 14:04 hours, DFS-5 Shimakaze separated from the second stage of the carrier rocket, with the Shimakaze orbiter separating from the Shimakaze lander three minutes later.
DFS-5 Shimakaze lander arrived at Minmus surface on December 23, 2013, 14:37 hours, two days, 17 hours and 18 minutes after the mission began at Ryokou Space Center. The lander landed at the site with coordinates 4 degrees, 41 minutes, 53 seconds north and 267 degrees, 3 minutes and 14 seconds W.
The Shimakaze lander successfully deployed its different instruments for research and started transmitting data and pictures back to Ryokou Space Center.
DFS-5 Shimakaze orbiter is in a 15.5 x 15.3 km. orbit at an inclination of 157.3 degrees, with an orbital period of 40 minutes and 46 seconds. The satellite was also fitted with instruments capable of doing research, as well as data transmission from the satellite and from the lander.
The Daikoku Federation has declared the mission a "total success with objectives being achieved beyond expectations." The federal government has stated that the DFS-5 Shimakaze "reflects the determination of the people in the field of scientific research" and that the mission "has further improved our understanding of space."