December 4, 2014
The University of Tokyo and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) received signals from the Micro deep-space explorer "PROCYON" at 8:51 p.m. on December 3, 2014 (Japan Standard Time), to confirm it had been inserted into the scheduled interplanetary orbit.
The satellite is now in the initial operation phase. PROCYON was launched by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 as a secondary payload of the Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2" at 1:22:04 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2014 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
H-IIA Launch Vehicle: http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/rockets/h2a/
For more information about PROCYON, visit: http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2014/12/20141204_procyon_j.html
Images, Text, Credits: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)/The University of Tokyo.