WAYNE, NJ, October 31, 2007 â€” When the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched its lunar orbit satellite, â€œKaguyaâ€? from the countryâ€™s Tanegashima Space Center, three satellite optics lenses developed by Fujinon were aboard to provide high quality, high definition images transmitted back to the space center for evaluation.
Kaguyaâ€™s year-long mission began in September and will attempt to discover the moonâ€™s origin and evolution. Throughout the year, the mission will include 15 separate tasks during which scientific observations will be recorded about the moonâ€™s landform, its mineral distribution and the surface structure.
The lenses are mounted on the expeditionâ€™s three major imaging equipment pieces which document the moonâ€™s terrain and surrounding environment. A terrain camera photographs the moon landform in stereoscopic vision or 3-D. A multi-band imager focuses on variations in wavelengths and differences in the moonâ€™s surface color to explore lunar rock distribution. A high definition camera records the rising of the earth over the moonâ€™s horizon.
Fujinon lenses had to meet strict requirements to be selected for this mission. The high level of vibration of the satellite launch alone tested the lenses, as well as the exposure to radiation during space flight. The company has developed and manufactured a variety of lenses for use on JAXA satellites, such as the advanced land observing satellite â€œDaichiâ€? and the earth resources satellite â€œFuyo.â€?
About Tanegashima Space Center
The Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) was established in 1969, when the original National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) was formed. It is the largest space-development facility in Japan (9,700,000 square meters) and is located in the south of Kagoshima Prefecture, along the southeast coast of Tanegashima. On-site facilities include the Takesaki Range (for small rockets), the Osaki Range (for J-I and H-IIA launch vehicles), the Masuda Tracking and Communication Station, the Nogi Radar Station, the Uchugaoka Radar Station, and optical observation facilities to the west.
The TNSCâ€™s main role is the management of satellites at every stage of flight including countdown, launching, and tracking.
Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema and industrial markets. The companyâ€™s line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call (973) 633-5600 or visit our web site at www.fujinonbroadcast.com.