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Akatsuki Venus Climate Orbiter
tedstryk
post May 5 2010, 01:55 AM
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I should add that your page is really cool - helps one visualize the continuity of exploration.


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post May 5 2010, 07:38 AM
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Akatsuki and IKAROS are now encapsulated in the H-2A rocket's payload fairing

http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f17/topics_e.html

Next up should be the move to the Vehicle Assembly Building so the payload could be mated with the H-2A itself
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post May 6 2010, 05:14 PM
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Done. I also fixed cruise/primary operations status of EPOXI (it was showing continuous "primary operations" from late 2007 on, which is not the case) and changed color for asteroid missions -- it was much too similar to the color for outer planet missions.

Keep my fingers crossed for successful launch of Akatsuki!
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I should add that your page is really cool - helps one visualize the continuity of exploration.

Thank you - that was kind of the intent!
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post May 7 2010, 05:53 AM
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Better-quality pics of the encapsulation

http://www.stp.isas.jaxa.jp/venus/index.html
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post May 9 2010, 06:14 AM
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Akatsuki and IKAROS are now onboard the H-2A rocket! The move to the Vehicle Assembly Building took place early this morning (May 9)

http://twitter.com/ikaroskun/status/13642295786
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punkboi
post May 10 2010, 07:17 PM
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Better-quality photos of the VAB move are up

http://www.stp.isas.jaxa.jp/venus/
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post May 11 2010, 10:59 AM
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Note that the Akatsuki/Ikaros launch will be broadcast over the web, link available here : http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f17/live/index_e.html

Launch will be at 6:44:14 Japan time / 10:44:14 pm UK summer time / 5:44:14 pm U.S. Eastern time
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post May 11 2010, 07:33 PM
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Press kits:
http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f17/pdf/presskit_akatsuki_e.pdf
http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f17/pdf/presskit_ikaros_e.pdf
http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f17/pdf/plan_h2af17_e.pdf


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post May 16 2010, 09:54 PM
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Photos showing the H-2A rocket rolling out to the launch pad
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post May 17 2010, 08:14 PM
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A pre-dawn image of H-2A at Launch Pad 1
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post May 17 2010, 09:35 PM
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I am watching the webcast. What a picturesque launch site.

Go Akatsuki!
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Ron Hobbs
post May 17 2010, 09:36 PM
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I don't understand Japanese, but it sure looks like the weather is a problem.
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Ron Hobbs
post May 17 2010, 09:40 PM
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Yep! The launch was just scrubbed.
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post May 17 2010, 09:41 PM
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Indeed, Scrub


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post May 17 2010, 09:43 PM
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Bummer, but not surprising; the weather really looks nasty.

I'm kind of surprised they took it down to the wire as far as they did, really; the scrub happened at T-5 min. How long is this Venus launch window, anyhow, a week or two?


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