Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 09:19 CDT
Several pictures from the sail deployment monitoring cameras showed up on the IKAROS blog overnight.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 11:32 CDT
Just a brief update on IKAROS: According to their blog, JAXA has decided to proceed with the final stage of IKAROS' sail deployment.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 11:53 CDT
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/17 04:56 CDT
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.
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.