RYOKOU SPACE CENTER (DFNS) - Scientists and technicians of the Daikoku Federation have successfully launched satellite DFS-6 Tsukiko into orbit as part of the TESTAMENT experimental program, the Daikoku Federation News Service reported.
Carrier rocket Unmei-3 with satellite DFS-6 Tsukiko was launched from the Ryokou Space Center on March 15, 2014 at 10:57 hours. The rocket headed in a southeast direction in order to place its payload in its preset orbit.
Five minutes and 50 seconds after the launch, the payload fairing of the carrier rocket detached, and at 14 minutes and 30 seconds after launch, the first stage of the carrier rocket detached.
Satellite DFS-6 Tsukiko was successfully inserted into its orbit at 11:17:16 hours, 20 minutes and 16 seconds after launch.
The satellite is currently orbiting around the Earth at an inclined orbit with an apogee of 195.7 km., perigee of 194.1 km., orbital period of 39 minutes and 30 seconds, and an inclination of 50.9 degrees.
The satellite is also transmitting images of the Earth, as well as the readings on the current status of the satellite and the anthem of the Daikoku Federation.
It is also currently testing equipments that are planned to be used on future missions.
The launch of DFS-6 Tsukiko is the first successful launch of the Daikoku Federation for this year.