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IKAROS: self-portrait with Venus; primary mission complete

Emily Lakdawalla • January 26, 2011

JAXA posted a report today stating that IKAROS "has completed its regular operations."

IKAROS flew past Venus on December 8

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2010

Just after Akatsuki missed entering orbit, another spacecraft, IKAROS, quietly passed by Venus.

Congratulations to the IKAROS team for their "8th Web Creation Award"

Emily Lakdawalla • October 13, 2010

This news is a little old but worth mentioning: On September 9, the Japanese solar sail mission, IKAROS, won a Web award in Japan for their work to publicize the mission via Twitter.

LightSail team learns from IKAROS successes

Louis D. Friedman • July 26, 2010

While we were in New York for the International Solar Sailing Symposium last week, we held a meeting with the Japanese IKAROS team to discuss technical results and issues in our two projects.

From the Solar Sail Symposium in New York

Louis D. Friedman • July 21, 2010

This week, Bill Nye and I are attending the International Solar Sail Symposium at the New York College of Technology.

JAXA confirms acceleration of IKAROS solar sail by photon pressure

Louis D. Friedman • July 09, 2010 • 1

The Japanese space agency reported on their web site today that acceleration of the IKAROS spacecraft by solar pressure has been confirmed.

A brush painting for Hayabusa

Emily Lakdawalla • July 07, 2010

Upon James Aldridge's return from Japan, he posted several albums worth of amazing photos, including several of their calligraphy instructor, well-known artist Aiko Tanaka, creating a gestural brush painting to commemorate Hayabusa's return.

IKAROS Begins Attitude Control

Louis D. Friedman • July 01, 2010

The IKAROS spacecraft continues to perform its mission well as its team at the Japan Space Exploration Center moves closer to the first fully controlled solar sail flight.

IKAROS' deployable camera captures perfect sail photos and animation!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2010

We've already seen IKAROS' view of its deployed sails from cameras attached to the spacecraft, but, in a brilliant idea, the Japanese built IKAROS with two deployable cameras that could view the thing from a distance.

IKAROS: Successful sail deployment and solar power generation! Hooray!!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 10, 2010

JAXA finally issued the formal announcement: they successfully expanded IKAROS' square sail!

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