Hinode was launched from Uchinoura Space Center, Japan on 22 September 2006 at 21:36 UTC (23 September, 06:36 JST). First light images were captured on 28 October 2006.
The dry weight of the satellite is ~700 kg. It was launched with an additional 170 km of thruster gas for maintaining a polar, sun-synchronous orbit for at least two years. Two solar panels provide 1000 watts of power.