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Akatsuki (Planet C) and Ikaros (interpanetary Kite craft) (Aoshima AOs50262)

Akatsuki (Planet C) and Ikaros (interpanetary Kite craft)  AOs50262
Akatsuki (Planet C) and Ikaros (interpanetary Kite craft) (Aoshima AOs50262)
€ 28.88
EU: incl. tax € 34.95
Category:Scale Modelling
Subcategory:Spacecraft Models
Scale:1 : 144
Availability:only 2 remaining

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Product description

Category Scale Modelling, Subcategory Spacecraft Models, Scale 1 : 144, ISBN/Box AOs50262, Publisher/Brand Aoshima

Akatsuki (????, ?, literally "dawn"), formerly known as the Venus Climate Orbiter (VCO) and Planet-C, is a Japanese unmanned spacecraft which was intended to explore Venus. It was launched aboard an H-IIA 202 rocket on 20 May 2010, after being delayed because of weather from its initial 18 May scheduled target. The total launch mass of the spacecraft including propellant was 480 kg, 34 kg out of this was scientific instruments. The mission reached Venus on 7 December 2010 (JST) but failed to enter orbit around the planet. It had been intended to conduct scientific research for two or more years from an elliptical orbit ranging from 300 km to 80,000 km from Venus.

Akatsuki is Japan's first planetary exploration mission since the Nozomi probe, which was launched in 1998 but failed to go into a Mars orbit in 2003 as planned.

IKAROS (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun) is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency experimental spacecraft. The spacecraft was launched on 21 May 2010 aboard an H-IIA rocket, together with Akatsuki (Venus Climate Orbiter) and four other small spacecraft. IKAROS is the first spacecraft to successfully demonstrate solar-sail technology in interplanetary space.

On December 8, 2010, IKAROS passed by Venus at about 80,800 km distance, completing the planned mission successfully, and entered extended operation phase.

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