[ExI] japanese solar sail

samantha sjatkins at mac.com
Tue May 18 00:45:29 UTC 2010

While I didn't cover solar sails some of you may enjoy or care to 
comment on my latest compilation of space related material and SL talk.  
This one was on non-rocket means of space launch.   It can be found at 

- samantha

spike wrote:
> Cool!  Japan is launching an experimental solar sail aboard an H-2A:
> http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/05/17/japan-ikaros-solar-sail/?test=latestnews
> "A new Japanese weather probe and daring solar sail concept are 
> scheduled to blast off together Monday evening for a six-month journey 
> to study Venus..."
> Jeez this sure took long enough.  We solar sail fans have been waiting 
> a looooong time for someone to do this, the first really new space 
> concept since the 1960s.  Check its progress here:
> http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/japan-venus-probe-solar-sail-sfn-100511.html
> spike
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