Emily Lakdawalla • June 09, 2010
Several pictures from the sail deployment monitoring cameras showed up on the IKAROS blog overnight.
Emily Lakdawalla • June 08, 2010
Just a brief update on IKAROS: According to their blog, JAXA has decided to proceed with the final stage of IKAROS' sail deployment.
Emily Lakdawalla • June 07, 2010
JAXA's end-of-Sunday update on IKAROS' status gives more details about an issue they are working on the spacecraft. The spacecraft itself is in perfect health, but its dynamics are different from what was expected.
Emily Lakdawalla • June 06, 2010
This is just a brief update to yesterday's post to add a few sentences that Lou wanted to hold until JAXA had had a chance to issue an official statement.
Louis D. Friedman • June 05, 2010
Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman was at JAXA's Japanese Space Exploration Center to observe the deployment of IKAROS' solar sails.
Louis D. Friedman • June 04, 2010
Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman is at JAXA's Japanese Space Exploration Center to observe the deployment of IKAROS' solar sails.
Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2010
Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman is now in Japan, joining the rest of the IKAROS team to watch the eagerly anticipated deployment of its solar sails.
Emily Lakdawalla • May 31, 2010
We have photo proof that the multi-step process of the deployment of IKAROS' square solar sail is going according to plan!
Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2010
JAXA has posted a short update on their solar sailcraft IKAROS.
Emily Lakdawalla • May 21, 2010
Today JAXA posted a very brief mission status update on the IKAROS spacecraft, launched yesterday along with Akatsuki. Brief is good; all's well.
Emily Lakdawalla • May 20, 2010
It was a picture-perfect launch for three Venus-bound spacecraft this morning: the Akatsuki Venus orbiter, the IKAROS solar sail, and a university-built minisat named UNITEC-1.
This is mostly a repost from Monday: Just a programming note, a reminder that Japan plans to launch the Venus orbiter Akatsuki and the solar sail IKAROS today at 21:58:22 UTC.
Emily Lakdawalla • May 18, 2010
According to the Akatsuki Twitter feed, the next try for launch of Akatsuki and IKAROS will be Thursday, May 20, at 21:58:22 UTC.
Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2010
The countdown for the planned launch of Akatsuki and IKAROS got to about four minutes before they decided to cancel the attempt due to weather, and I can't blame them.
Just a programming note, a reminder that Japan plans to launch the Venus orbiter Akatsuki and the solar sail IKAROS today at 21:45 UTC.
Emily Lakdawalla • May 14, 2010
IKAROS, Japan's solar sail, is nearly ready for launch, piggybacked behind the Venus orbiter Akatsuki.
Emily Lakdawalla • May 07, 2010
I've been so focused on the dramatic return of "Mr. Hayabusa" that I've neglected to write much about two up-and-coming Japanese missions: Akatsuki and IKAROS.
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