Ikaros-ready for lift-off as the world's first solar sail demonstration in interplanetary space

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Yuya Mimasu, Osamu Mori, Ryu-Funase, Takayuki Yamamoto, Yuichi Tsuda

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will make the world's first solar power sail craft demonstrate for both its photon propulsion and thin film solar power generation during its interplanetary cruise. The spacecraft deploys and spans its membrane of 20 meters in diameter taking the advantage of the spin centrifugal force. The spacecraft weighs approximately 315kg, launched together with the agency's Venus Climate Orbiter, PLANET-C in 2010. This will be the first actual solar sail flying an interplanetary voyage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009
Pages6852-6858
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2009 Oct 122009 Oct 16

Publication series

Name60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009
Volume8

Other

Other60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityDaejeon
Period09/10/1209/10/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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