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IKAROS sail deployment delayed until at least Tuesday

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/06 05:08 CDT

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.

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Taking things slowly with IKAROS sail deployment

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/06/05 12:30 CDT

Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman was at JAXA's Japanese Space Exploration Center to observe the deployment of IKAROS' solar sails.

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IKAROS sail deployment proceeding

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/06/04 11:42 CDT

Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman is at JAXA's Japanese Space Exploration Center to observe the deployment of IKAROS' solar sails.

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Lou Friedman is "our man in Japan" to watch IKAROS sail deployment

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 04:58 CDT

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.

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Photo proof of good progress on IKAROS sail deployment

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/31 04:00 CDT

We have photo proof that the multi-step process of the deployment of IKAROS' square solar sail is going according to plan!

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Initial checkout of IKAROS complete

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/25 02:32 CDT

JAXA has posted a short update on their solar sailcraft IKAROS.

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All's well on IKAROS and Shin-en

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/21 09:42 CDT

Today JAXA posted a very brief mission status update on the IKAROS spacecraft, launched yesterday along with Akatsuki. Brief is good; all's well.

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Akatsuki, IKAROS, UNITEC-1, and your names are on their way to Venus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/20 05:44 CDT

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.

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Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/20 04:08 CDT

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.

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Akatsuki and IKAROS new launch date set

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/18 12:56 CDT

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.

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Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/17 11:59 CDT

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.

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Photos of your names on the IKAROS spacecraft

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/14 03:11 CDT

IKAROS, Japan's solar sail, is nearly ready for launch, piggybacked behind the Venus orbiter Akatsuki.

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Akatsuki and IKAROS getting ready for launch, with your names aboard

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/07 04:55 CDT

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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What's up in the solar system in January 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/04 01:29 CST

While we don't have Moon bases, we do have plenty of spacecraft. Before I get into my more detailed look at the activities of the 20-odd spacecraft wandering about the solar system, I thought I'd look ahead to 2010 more generally and see what the year has in store for us.

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