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Akatsuki Venus Climate Orbiter
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post Dec 6 2010, 01:14 AM
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AKATSUKI ready for orbit injection

The Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI" shifted its attitude at 7:50 a.m. on December 6 to be ready for Venus orbit insertion at 8:49 a.m. on December 7.

On the 7th, we will hold some events to support the AKATSUKI orbit injection. We plan to run the "Venus arrival live broadcast" featuring the AKTSUKI and show the scene of the AKATSUKI Control Room" at a public viewing site. Please come and join the injection moment. (* All time and dates are Japan Standard Time.)

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


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post Dec 6 2010, 10:01 PM
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Something has started here. Akatsuki-related?

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post Dec 6 2010, 10:03 PM
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A little less than 2 hrs to go.

Go, Akatsuki!
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post Dec 6 2010, 10:09 PM
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From their twitter:
"[From Akatsuki Team] For Orbit insertion forty-nine past eleven p.m. Burn at UT, we confirmed Have LATCH Valve is opened."


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post Dec 6 2010, 10:30 PM
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Just for statistics: if successful, Akatsuki will become the eighth Venus orbiter, after 4 Soviet ones, 2 US and 1 European.
Remarkably, no Venus orbiter has ever failed before reaching the planet, unlike the many (10) lost Mars orbiters


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post Dec 6 2010, 10:56 PM
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Akatsuki begins its orbit insertion burn around Venus in less than an hour. Hopefully everything goes smooth! smile.gif


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post Dec 6 2010, 11:19 PM
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There is now audio on the stream.


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post Dec 6 2010, 11:57 PM
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Aargh! I can't get the stream here at work. Is the burn going OK?
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post Dec 7 2010, 12:00 AM
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I'm getting a stream but it's extremely choppy. There's no English translation available but there has been a couple episodes of clapping.


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post Dec 7 2010, 12:11 AM
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Well the burn should be over now. We'll just assume that the clapping is a good sign that Akatsuki is now a satellite of Venus.
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post Dec 7 2010, 12:12 AM
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They should be coming out of comm blackout now.
We'll know soon.


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post Dec 7 2010, 12:13 AM
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Hungry, are you using the same link you posted for the stream? I can't get it to load at all.


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post Dec 7 2010, 12:18 AM
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Yes.

They were supposed to regain contact with the spacecraft seven minutes ago. I haven't seen any applause or cheering (though granted the stream does suck.)


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post Dec 7 2010, 12:25 AM
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Ah--thanks. Looking forward to updates, will watch this topic closely...looks like it'll be the only near-RT info source available in English.


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post Dec 7 2010, 12:30 AM
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Afraid there's not much to say at the moment...
A lot of people looking at their monitors. Others looking at graphs projected onto the wall. No one looks particularly amused.


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