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Deep Space Probe IKAROS: Update

June 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I recently wrote about the new Japanese space probe IKAROS. It is the first probe designed to test the idea of using solar sails to travel the universe.

A couple new photos were just released showing IKAROS with its sail unfurling, confirming the first stage of its mission.

IKAROS with sails in the process of unfolding. Photo: JAXA

IKAROS with solar sail completely unfurled. Photo: JAXA

Now its just a matter of getting it up to speed. I’m really interested in this one folks, and I’ll keep you up to date.