Astro-H spacecraft, with IberEspacio Loop Heat Pipes, crosses the sky on board a roket 2H

Astro-H on its way to space with IberEspacio Loop Heat Pipes

The Japanese X-ray astronomical observation satellite Astro-H was launched successfully on top of an H-2A from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, yesterday at 17:45 local time. The Astro-H, renamed Hitomi, will study black holes and other celestial objects.

IberEspacio has developed for this mission a new kind of mini Loop Heat Pipe with low mass for thermal control of the instruments in collaboration with Jaxa and the European Space Agency. In total, Astro-H has inside four IberEspacio mini Loop Heat Pipes that are already working flawlessly.

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