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Progress -- with pictures! -- on IKAROS' sail deployment

Emily Lakdawalla • June 09, 2010

Several pictures from the sail deployment monitoring cameras showed up on the IKAROS blog overnight.

IKAROS team proceeds with final stage of sail deployment!

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.

IKAROS update: Rotation rate inexplicably increasing

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.

IKAROS sail deployment delayed until at least Tuesday

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.

Taking things slowly with IKAROS sail deployment

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.

IKAROS sail deployment proceeding

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.

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

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.

Photo proof of good progress on IKAROS sail deployment

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!

Initial checkout of IKAROS complete

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2010

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

All's well on IKAROS and Shin-en

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.

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

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.

Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

Emily Lakdawalla • May 20, 2010

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.

Akatsuki and IKAROS new launch date set

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.

Akatsuki and IKAROS launch scrubbed due to weather

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.

Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2010

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.

Photos of your names on the IKAROS spacecraft

Emily Lakdawalla • May 14, 2010

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

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

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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