After having made it through a battery of tests, assembly of the ASTRO-H satellite has at last reached completion! On November 27 members of the press were invited to see the completed satellite while hearing a presentation providing an overview of ASTRO-H along with the scientific goals we expect to be able to accomplish with the satellite. The members of the large press contingent were uniformly impressed when they realized the satellite will be 14m long when fully extended. The press asked many questions regarding the science expected to be gained from studies of black holes and clusters of galaxies. A picture of the satellite as it was presented can be seen on the ISAS homepage at this page.
From here, the next step for the satellite is to deliver it to Tangegashima. Launch day is approaching!