Japanese Akatsuki Spacecraft Misses Orbit With Venus

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


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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