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IKAROS sail deployment motor test successful

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IKAROS sail deployment motor test successful These images, from one of IKAROS' four sail deployment monitoring cameras, show a small outward extension of folded sail under centrifugal pull from the tip mass connected to it, in response to a small motion of the deployment motor. The test was conducted on June 2, 2010, in preparation for the beginning of deployment of all four sails on June 3.


Original image data dated on or about June 2, 2010.

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