Japanese Akatsuki Spacecraft Misses Orbit With Venus

JAXA’s Akatsuki Venus spacecraft. (Image by Akihiro Ikeshita)

JAXA PRESS RELEASES

The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/JAXA) performed Venus orbit insertion maneuver (VOI-1) for the Venus Climate Orbiter “Akatsuki” at 8:49 a.m. on December 7 (Japan Standard Time,) but, unfortunately, we have found that the orbiter was not injected into the planned orbit as a result of orbit estimation.

The “Akatsuki” was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on May 21, 2010 (JST.)

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