AKATSUKI Enters Orbit Around Venus

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

TOKYO, December 7, 2015 (JAXA PR) — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) performed the attitude control engine thrust operation of the Venus Climate Orbiter “AKATSUKI” for its Venus orbit insertion from 8:51 a.m. on December 7 (Japan Standard Time).

As a result of analyzing data transmitted from the orbiter, we confirmed that the thrust emission of the attitude control engine was conducted for about 20 minutes as scheduled.

The orbiter is now in good health. We are currently measuring and calculating its orbit after the operation.

It will take a few days to estimate the orbit, thus we will announce the operation result once it is determined.

References:

Venus Climate Orbiter “AKATSUKI” (PLANET-C)
http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/planet_c/

Venus Meteorology AKATSUKI (PLANET-C) (ISAS)
http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/e/enterp/missions/akatsuki/index.shtml