H-2A Rocket Launches into Orbit with Inmarsat-6 F1 Satellite Written 23 December 2021

Liftoff of H-IIA Flight 19 | NARITA Masahiro; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 3.0

Space News reports that the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ H-2A rocket “lifted off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 10:32 a.m. Eastern and deployed the nearly 5,500-kilogram Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit about 26 minutes later. A little over two hours later, London-based Inmarsat tweeted that it had acquired initial telemetry from the satellite.” The Inmarsat-6 F1 is “Inmarsat’s first dual-band telecommunications satellite.” It will “need about 200 days to climb to its geostationary slot above the Indian Ocean.”
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