New Technology

Japan’s Solar Powered Spaceship

Japan’s Solar Powered Spaceship

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has recently publicized its plans to launch a solar-powered ‘space yacht’, according to a number of media reports this week.

The Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun (IKAROS) satellite uses a special 66-foot sail made of thin-film solar technology that will allow the ship to use pressure as a form of propulsion, and that will be created by the reflection of sunlight off the sails. The satellite craft will also be fitted with solar cells to generate electricity.

IKAROS will launch from Tanegashima Space Center on May 18, according to JAXA.

Be Sociable, Share!
Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

New Technology

More in New Technology

New Solar Power Tech

Ripasso may have Doubled Solar Power

Shawn NMay 18, 2015
Save money home solar installation

Lease or Buy Solar Panels, That is the Question!

Shawn NMay 8, 2015
TÛRANOR PlanetSolar Solar Boat

Tûranor PlanetSolar Launches at 2012 World Future Energy Summit

Ninja BoyJanuary 21, 2012

Hot Liner Solar Stovetop

SarahFebruary 12, 2011

Video: Ride the Solar Highway

JakeAugust 10, 2010
Solar Plane

Solar Plane Completes Record Flight

SarahJuly 8, 2010

Apple Patents Solar Powered iPod and iPhone

SarahJune 17, 2010

IBM Joins Saudis to Open Solar Desalination Plant

LauraApril 8, 2010
Solar Plane

Solar Plane Makes First Flight

JakeApril 7, 2010

Huge Solar Project in Morocco to Generate Energy

LauraApril 7, 2010
SunReports solar power data collector

The SunReports Solar Panel Data Collector

JakeApril 6, 2010
solar powered boat

World’s Largerst Solar-Powered Boat Revealed

SarahFebruary 25, 2010