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Old May 31 2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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japanese advances in space

In 2010, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s space probe Hayabusa ("Peregrine Falcon") successfully collected samples from an asteroid, then parachuted back to Earth. It landed near the Australian space facility at Woomera, South Australia, via parachute on June 13.

I don't remember hearing much about this, in the US media. But, it is a significant technological stride forward!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayabusa
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Old May 31 2014, 06:45 PM   #2
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They are also working on aircraft that can fly in the upper atmosphere, using different kinds of power for propulsion, and a manta-looking craft that might be able to go between the ground and the space station.

http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/aero/sf/
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Old June 1 2014, 09:29 PM   #3
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I'd rather they built this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Dragon_(rocket)

Their largest rocket so far is the H-IIB http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-IIB, which allows an ISS servicing craft superior to Soyuz/Progress http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-II_Transfer_Vehicle

This chart shows the increase in size of their LVs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:H-II_series.png
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Old June 1 2014, 10:13 PM   #4
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Japanese advances in space: "Hey, baby, let's float over to my cabin!"
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Old June 2 2014, 04:08 AM   #5
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...you would be amazed at what the US media chooses and chooses not to cover...I am here in the UAE, and the Japanese probe got good coverage, because the Emirati (those who are citizens of the UAE) are getting ready to put up their second satellite...wonder if that got covered...many scientific and socio-political events here get lost in the noise of news, and editors have to make choices, I guess, but we can also choose to click those tabs and check out what is happening OUTside our neck of the woods...it can be enlightening and very interesting!...and, it matters more to us, no matter where we live, to know what is going on elsewhere, sure bet...
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Old June 2 2014, 05:01 AM   #6
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They even made a movie about it.
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Old June 2 2014, 10:58 AM   #7
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...you would be amazed at what the US media chooses and chooses not to cover...
A mission of this caliber, even if it were conducted by NASA, wouldn't be noticed by most Americans. With all the probes flying around the system, it is mostly science geeks that pay any attention. I knew of this mission because I follow such news.

In a broader sense—worthy of an entire thread on its own—many people I know watch the local news (the latest fires, car crashes and fluff pieces) and consider themselves informed. Some of the more serious types watch the national propa- er, news that follows to feel on top of things.
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Old June 3 2014, 07:42 PM   #8
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Our news seems to be mostly permeated by racist basketball team owners, salted with the occasional political scandal and the ever-vascilating diameter of Kim Kardashian's posterior with Kanye's tongue surgically attached to it.

We don' need no stinkin' satellites!
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Old June 4 2014, 05:48 PM   #9
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Re: japanese advances in space

The Epsilon is expected to have a shorter launch preparation time than its predecessors. The rocket has a mass of 91 tonnes (90 long tons; 100 short tons) and is 24.4 metres (80 ft) tall and 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) in diameter.
Due to a function called "mobile launch control", the rocket needs only eight people at the launch site, compared with 150 people for earlier launches.


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Old June 7 2014, 06:35 PM   #10
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Quick and dirty.
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