Faulty Valve Caused Akatsuki Failure at Venus

Artists concept of Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft at Venus. Credit: JAXA

The Japanese space agency has deduced that a faulty engine valve was the reason the Akatsuki spacecraft did not go into orbit around Venus as planned on December 6, 2010. According to the Daily Yomiuri, a malfunctioning valve in the probe’s fuel pressure system caused the engine to function abnormally. The valve is a standard component in many previous space missions, JAXA said, and it was not modified at all for Akatsuki. (…) Read the rest of Faulty Valve Caused Akatsuki Failure at Venus (188 words)

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